"Pros" only charging 40 to aerate?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by JohnnyRocker, Oct 6, 2009.

  1. JohnnyRocker

    JohnnyRocker LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 740

    How are people advertising to aerate for 40 bucks? Doesn't that seem low? Thanks.
  2. JDUtah

    JDUtah LawnSite Silver Member
    from UT
    Posts: 2,636

    I don't aerate. Out here people charge as low as 25 bucks! (1/4 acre) It's insane if you ask me.
  3. Puttinggreens

    Puttinggreens LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from southeast PA
    Posts: 376

    They should advertise "Going through the motions, $40"
  4. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,834

    sure it's low but when the business is not their and you have bills to pay and food to buy what do you do? you have a sale on your service. whats the alternative get behind on the bills don't eat and bankruptcy? You have seen nothing yet.
  5. JohnnyRocker

    JohnnyRocker LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 740

    Lol. I havn't? I guess you've seen everything. I just think it's pretty bush league to charge that price, when you know they aren't doing a good job.
  6. Plug It Lawn Aeration

    Plug It Lawn Aeration LawnSite Member
    Posts: 18

    Everyone's a fan of capitalism until it gets into their wallets. If a guy is willing to work that cheap. Let him. The customer has the ultimate say. Besides, the $25 guy won't be around long.

    BIOGRASS LawnSite Member
    Posts: 39

    It seems that the $25 guys are just punks trying to make a quick buck. Frustrating, I dont aerate because the market is over saturated with this kids.
  8. greenskeeper79

    greenskeeper79 LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Posts: 46

    Funny I just found out a large lawn maintenance company around here is charging $1200/acre for aeration and overseeding!!!
  9. Danscapes

    Danscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 331

    Scotts is charging $40 for aeration and seeding (not slit seeding) around here. They must make up the difference through out the rest of the year on fert and squirt. It sure does make it hard to sell when they are doing that.
  10. brucec32

    brucec32 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,403

    I see a lot of ridiculously poor aeration jobs, including some by the big squirt/fert companies. Bone dry soil, no attempt to aerate anywhere near corners or obstacles, and gaps in the pattern so big I notice them when mowing.

    It's easy for them to hide not making overlapping passes, instead leaving huge gaps between passes, so it looks aerated at a glance but they probably have about 30% of the hole density of even a minimally proper job.

    There are tons of ways to cut corners aerating, so it's no wonder they'll do it for $40. Or, even if they do a good job, $40/yd still beats what they can earn at a part time job.

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