Sub-out or inhouse

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by American_Lawn, Jan 22, 2008.

  1. American_Lawn

    American_Lawn LawnSite Member
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    Is it more profitable to sub the fertalizing and weed control or to do it your self? How much do you charge for using about 1/3 of a bag of fert?
     
  2. echeandia

    echeandia LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I sub out all of my fertilizer work. It is very profitable.
     
  3. American_Lawn

    American_Lawn LawnSite Member
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    Do you add a percentage or does your sub give you a discount? How do you work it out for a profit? if you dont mind explaining.
     
  4. NC Greenscaper

    NC Greenscaper LawnSite Senior Member
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    We do all of ours inhouse. We have never done 1/3 of a bag. That must be a small lawn.
     
  5. echeandia

    echeandia LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I add a percentage to what they charge me.
     
  6. American_Lawn

    American_Lawn LawnSite Member
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    I was just using that for a reference of price. So do you charge a flat fee or by how long it takes and how much you use or lot size?
     
  7. AintNoFun

    AintNoFun LawnSite Bronze Member
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    when we used to do commerical maintenance. tru green was dying to get my fert biz, the numbers they quoted me was pretty close to what i could buy my chemicals for, but i never subbed it out, we did it all inhouse...
     
  8. American_Lawn

    American_Lawn LawnSite Member
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    Did you get you chemicals cheaper or was tru green too high? Where did you get chemicals?
     
  9. AintNoFun

    AintNoFun LawnSite Bronze Member
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    no no tru greens package was cheaper than what i could buy MY chemicals for... they put the stuff down cheaper than i could buy it...


     
  10. American_Lawn

    American_Lawn LawnSite Member
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    Sorry I misread, so why didnt you go with them? Was your profit for doing it better than subing it out?
     

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