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Watering yards

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by buckrufr, Jul 9, 2008.

  1. buckrufr

    buckrufr LawnSite Member
    Posts: 25

    Temperatures are usually in the low 70s now in the NW, but we are experiencing a heatwave. Leaves are blistered from the sun and limbs are sagging for want of moisture. Expensive shrubs are calling it quits every where I go.

    Today a customer asked if I would also water her newly landscaped back yard each week and add it to her bill, so I sold doing the front also. She caught me unprepared and I couldn't find a sprinkler. Hand watered 30 to 40 minutes full blast - I have no patience. Next week I'll have 2 quality sprinklers and run them an hour while I work nearby.

    What can I charge for this service? Anybody doing this service? Any tips on sprinklers, technics, etc.?

  2. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,362

    Keep good notes - don't forget to go back and turn off the water. Use flow rate water timers that automatically shut off - not that we would ever forget.
  3. YardKeeper08

    YardKeeper08 LawnSite Member
    from Iowa
    Posts: 74

    I've got a yard I do this for just to bring it back to life. I'm going to charge about half my regular hourly rate.
  4. buckrufr

    buckrufr LawnSite Member
    Posts: 25

    Thanks. Good advice. I use cell phone to remind me of water running, appointments, Bcuz I do forget.
  5. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,204

    You need to put on a quality timer....we charge $10 to set the sprinkler and then we leave. Some yards take a couple visits .....that was old days now you can't run sprinklers during the day.
  6. whoopassonthebluegrass

    whoopassonthebluegrass LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,214

    Charge for your time. What's your time worth to you? (Of course, that being said, you can't rightly charge for your lack of preparation...)
  7. jaybird24

    jaybird24 LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Posts: 623

    We get digital timers that can run up to 4 zones, that can come on up to 3 times per day. Average cost per yard with hoses and sprinklers runs around $200. We charge $175 for a month of the service. Helps pay for these items that are needed, but hard to bill back to customers. We use them for new lawns and such, so they get used all the time, each system has made $300-500 alone this year, with very little labor involved. Not really a big money maker, but saves labor, and better results than a guy running around moving hoses.
  8. Dean of Green

    Dean of Green LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 254

    good way of doing it Jaybird. I will have to give that a try for the properties without irrigation.

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