TruGreen price for 11k

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by GarPA, Apr 7, 2003.

  1. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,585

    Sorry to bring up TG ...again...but I'm not here to bash them..rather I had an existing landscape customer call me this morning and wants leave them...I asked what they were charging him for 11,000 ft...he said $40. I cant do it for that and won't. Is that about the norm for TG?? They used to not give it away as I recall. And we've hashed it out many times b4 here about what is or is not coming out of those hoses...I'm more interested in getting a price check from you guys..thanks
     
  2. Scraper

    Scraper LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,656

    I don't see what is so low about that price. Just about in line with my rate for straight fert. $0.0036/sq. ft.. Only a quarter acre. Multiply that by 4 and you get almost $160/acre gross. Fert around $14/bag to cover that area in 15 minutes tops.
     
  3. turfsolutions

    turfsolutions LawnSite Senior Member
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    My price for 11,000 square feet is $61 per step for a 5 or 6 step program. It includes 4-5 fertilizer applications, pre emergant, post emergant (blanket and spot sprays). I am not trying to price compete with the big guys so I know I am higher. I do take extra time for each application and sell a more personalized service. Set your price and stick to your guns. Just give the customer a quality service and they will pay.
     
  4. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,585

    Agreed...my point, which I did not clarify was that I was driving to one account for a whopping $25 gross profit b4 expenses...assuming $15 for the fert. The local companies here are more in the $50 to $55 dollar range for a property this size. I only do apps when I'm asked to by an existing customer and even then I try to get them to go with a local fert company....thats why I'm 'price stupid'. Just dont like the callbacks you can get with apps.
     
  5. TOTALLAWN OF KY

    TOTALLAWN OF KY LawnSite Member
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    if your any good price should not be a issue dont compete with price .sell on your service ,and if u dont get the job so what !!! we r here to make money !! if u give it away call me ill buy ur equipment this fall hahaha j/k sell ur self thats it.
    if u get more than 50% of your bids ur to low .
     
  6. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    turfsolutions, i recently sold an 11, 800 sq ft property, on a program for over $800!!!!! u guys are killing me! grossing $25 beans on an app? after all is said and done, do u owe the customer money?
     
  7. turfsolutions

    turfsolutions LawnSite Senior Member
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    Bobby gedd - am not sure if you were talking about me or not. I don't think I am low balling by any means. In my area Custom Care and Chemlawn are the ones to compete with and I am definately higher than them. They make it tough on guys like me. Great job on selling an $800 lawn program for 12K ft2.
     
  8. Scraper

    Scraper LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,656

    Ugh! How can you use that name in here? "Custom Care" that is. I have a lawn customer who won't switch to my services from them although I am the one left to fight the over nitrogenized lawn in the spring when it grows 5" a week. Then come the first heat wave there is nothing to cut because it is all fried.

    P.S. The lawn is in Media.
     
  9. turfsolutions

    turfsolutions LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 851

    Hey Scraper, I know how you feel. I go through the same thing with my customers. I just picked up a customer in Rose Tree Estates that is going to use me for everything, however Chem lawn or L.D. already made one application. I went to do the Spring Clean up and the dam lawn was no lie 7 inches high. As for Custom C%$^ I don't know how they make any money bidding so low, but I know they do make money. By the way, What's your business name?

    K Dostillio
    Natural Landscaping LLC.
    Wallingford.
     
  10. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    It is for this type of reason exactly, that we have the policy; If we don't do the the fert, we don't do the cut. PERIOD. :cool:
     

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