Soil Structure

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by Smallaxe, Mar 23, 2011.

  1. OrganicsMaine

    OrganicsMaine LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 553

    What equipment are you using to dethatch it with. I know if it is a real heavy layer of thatch, then I'd be looking at closer to $100 for that area including clean up, plus aeration/overseeding. Probably about a $250 job for me.
     
  2. ParadiseLS

    ParadiseLS LawnSite Member
    Posts: 76

    my bad, my average lawn is under 1000 sq. ft (welcome to suburbia). but i have several at about 1500 sq. ft. and used that as a basis for my calculations. then i decided to double it just to make it a round number at 3000 and didn't extrapolate my prices.

    so, 3000 sq. ft.
    dethatch......$70-150
    aerate......$40-80
    mulch-mow......25-50

    it's harder for me to keep narrow price ranges when lawns get to 3000sq. ft. just because so many variables come into play....

    but let's say they get the combo:

    i'd probably charge $160 for standard conditions.

    it would take me about 1.5 hours

    if i really wanted to make money (and i would), i would pimp some granulated compost, and maybe some gluten to stop dandelions and stuff from moving in until the turf thickens up and becomes lush.

    in that case: $285 in my pocket
    less about $80 for CGM and compost
    less about $5 for fuel

    that's better than $100 per hour, and the customer's lawn is going to look good in 7-10 days in good Spring conditions, maybe 14 days or a bit longer if it's mid-summer and they have to irrigate and contend with dry, hot weather.
     
  3. ecoguy

    ecoguy LawnSite Member
    from Duncan
    Posts: 234

    I was thinking the exact same thing JD. For 3000 sf I would be charging upwards of $400. But then again, I take a TON off. Several truck and trailer loads. Better to do it right the first time.....
     
  4. jegoodri

    jegoodri LawnSite Member
    Posts: 46

    You all ae great very interesting conversation. Thanks!
     

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