Watering Flowers

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by HTLawnCare, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. HTLawnCare

    HTLawnCare LawnSite Member
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    Is anyone else doing this kind of work? I wanna hear about your experience, setup, billing ect.

    I have one account for an HOA where the builder never got the irrigation system approved yadda yadda yadda. So my current setup is a 275 gallon tank and a 13gpm pump w a hose reel. Sometimes have the tank in the back of the truck or on the mowing trailer.
     
  2. ponyboy

    ponyboy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from ny
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    I have done it in the past i use their water and i charge a fixed hourly rate $40 last year and this year it is $50 an hour. It starts when i fill up and ends when I am back in the shop
     
  3. HTLawnCare

    HTLawnCare LawnSite Member
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    well I should also say that I do use their water and the tank fills up VERY fast. What kind of equipment did you use to water? My typical labor/cleanup rate is $35hr and my equipment/mowing rate is $60/hr. Right now I am billing at my labor rate becuase I only have about 300 invested in the tank/hose/reel/pump not including the 35K truck the tank sits in.
     
  4. ponyboy

    ponyboy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from ny
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    i used a lesco space saver, then you get more than me good for you i would charge you labor rate and be happy. I have extra trucks that i use for snow and also i had the tank sprayer so there was nothing to buy. Where are you located at state?
     
  5. HTLawnCare

    HTLawnCare LawnSite Member
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    I'm northeast of atlanta, ga. I used to cut in Syracuse, NY but moved here a few years ago.
     
  6. ponyboy

    ponyboy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from ny
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    Yeah cuse is 7 hours away I'm 30 minutes NW of NYC
     
  7. hvphotog

    hvphotog LawnSite Senior Member
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    Where are you Pony Boy? i am 60 minutes northwest of NYC.. lol Orange county area here

     
  8. HTLawnCare

    HTLawnCare LawnSite Member
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    bump for some more discussion
     
  9. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    I water, but it's all at residential properties, and usually fits into my maintenance schedule. This year, the only time I've watered was on my own garden 5 days after planting.

    So no tank, just a simple reel and hose I take with me, and hook into their water. I carry extra handles to turn the water on, some don't have them or they are removed for security purposes.

    I dreading the day when a bigger property asks me to water and I need a tank, pump, and hoses.
     
  10. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
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    HT,
    According to where you live, what is it going to take to get the watering system up and going? I am sure you need back-flow installations and permits for activation. SubContract someonw out to get the system going and keep this person on your routine each year. Make some money from his efforts. Maintain the system for the customer and monitor the water. Get paid for your services this way..........it is a hell of alot easier than hand watering. We don't have the time for that anymore!!!!
    Good Luck!
     

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