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Slitseeding Price - Are we high or low

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by ITL, Sep 14, 2005.

  1. ITL

    ITL LawnSite Member
    from SW OH
    Posts: 188

    Question on slitseeding pricing.

    We are doing slitseeding for small residential properties of 7,000 to 12,000 square feet. We use a Lesco 20 inch walk behind Renovator and criss-cross at 90 degrees. Most want Tall Fescue to repair the current grass or get that green look or next year. For a 8,000 square foot (actual grass area) we are quoting around $200 to current mow customers and geting the go ahead to complete work. Our cost for grass seed, starter fert, and fuel is around $85.00. We have about 2.4 man hours consumed. I remember reading a while back that someone was charging IIRC $0.08 to $0.10 per square feet. I could not even cover expenses for that amount. We had one customer who said he was thinking of doing it himself with a rental machine. I asked how much he would save over our price. He did not know so we figure it together at Rental $80.00+retail price seed 50 lbs $100+starter fert $20=== $200. His next comment was when can you schedule me in?

    Wondering if we are to low?
     
  2. fastlane

    fastlane LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 347

    8,000 s/f at $200. is 2 and 1/2 cents per s/f . You are low.
     
  3. kalyeah

    kalyeah LawnSite Member
    Posts: 146

    Way too low.
     
  4. ITL

    ITL LawnSite Member
    from SW OH
    Posts: 188

    Thanks

    We will start correcting immediatly.
     
  5. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,457

    Well, What are you guys charging?

    I hear guy's saying he's low and I agree.

    What are you getting for slit seeding per sq. ft.?

    What per sq. ft. for aeration and overseeding with fescue?

    Enquiring minds want to know.
     
  6. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,457


    Is my math off? :dizzy:

    8000 sq. ft. X $.08 = $640

    How can you not cover costs with that kind of money?
     
  7. stumper1620

    stumper1620 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,889

    I sure could!
    8000sq ft. thats smaller than my smallest front yard, take me about 2 hrs total solo. double aerated!
     
  8. stumper1620

    stumper1620 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,889

    how much seed are you figuring to use, 50 lbs is a bit excessive don't ya think?
    also, where are you buying your seed? I could get a hundred pounds for that.
     
  9. jajwrigh

    jajwrigh LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Martinsville, IN
    Posts: 1,405

    50lbs is rediculous for 8k square feet!!! :blob3:
     
  10. lwcmattlifter

    lwcmattlifter LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Posts: 859

    50 lbs sounds good to me. Thats 6.25 lbs per 1k, for fescue thats right on the money.
     

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