Thaching, Airateing, Re-seeding

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Coffeecraver, Aug 16, 2004.

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Charge by the foot or by the hour?

Poll closed Aug 19, 2004.
  1. I charge by the sq ft

    9 vote(s)
    81.8%
  2. I need to charge by the hour

    2 vote(s)
    18.2%
  1. Coffeecraver

    Coffeecraver LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA.
    Posts: 793

    Wats it worth?

    :)
     
  2. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    i charge by the sq ft
     
  3. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Posts: 4,900

    Neither I charge by what I feel I neeed to do the job properly, and by the way I always dethatch the lawn for them have not had much luck adding more thatch. lol

    Mac
     
  4. fga

    fga LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,449

    same here. And we've always called it the same thing here... thatching, even thuogh it's technically de-thatching. I guess it became easier to say over the decades...
    what about thatch harvesting?
    or thatch picking?:)
     
  5. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    want to get technical? it's called power raking. if you are cleaning the surface, you ARE NOT effecting the thatch layer
     
  6. fga

    fga LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,449

    I never understood how for a maintenace job, people charge by the sqft.? do you actually measure each job your going to do? i thatch alot of houses (minimum 60), i would go nuts measuring for each one. and your accounts i'm sure are much bigger.
    here we have a formula for most thatching jobs, this is for my current customers, we double the price the price of their monthly service (weekly accounts), or like i said above, charge what we feel its worth if there are special conditions.
     
  7. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Posts: 4,900

    HA! if you want to get technical I use a lesco renovator and it does remove the "thatch" cleaning the surface is lawn vacuming,or a waste of time.
    Mac:D
     
  8. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    there you go mac, i knew u had it right. as for you my man fga.....i cannot price power raking, re seeding jobs dependent upon the lawn mowing price. i charge: thatching - $45 per k. thatching/ powerseeding-- $85 per k. i do mostly people who call my add.
     
  9. fga

    fga LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,449

    bob, that price sounds kind of low. I think you can get more.
     
  10. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    well, it's like this. hardly anyone gets only thatching. so my basic service is power raking, and seeding. a 3k lot would cost them $255. it takes me and one man about 35 minutes to do, and about $17 worth of seed. i toss in fert also. so add $5 for the fert. how much do you think i could get? consider this.......my competitors will do the same job for $125
     

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