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What do you charge for Fertilizer?

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by desert rose gardening, Dec 23, 2004.

  1. desert rose gardening

    desert rose gardening LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 387

    Just wondering what some of you charge for a applcation of Summer fertilizer 16-6-8 Thats what we use in my part of the country. I mean straight Fertilizer no trimec no pre-emergent no fungicide no insecticide just simply fertilizer I have been charging the same price as mowing and making about 75% profit. Thanks for your input.
  2. grassworks

    grassworks LawnSite Member
    Posts: 134

    depends on square footage but ballpark of $5 per 1000 with a price break as you get around 10,000 and up.
  3. cemars

    cemars LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 387

    So you would fertilize a 1000 sf lawn for $5.00? I don't think so.
  4. My prices start at $25 for a 4,000 sq/ft, and go up $4.00 for each 1,000 sq/ft after that. I do discount for larger lawns, but I don't have a formula for that. It depends on the shape, size and how difficult the large lawn will be to treat.
  5. Neal Wolbert

    Neal Wolbert LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 407

    The competition must be fierce for you all to price your apps. so low. A quality (albeit dry) fertilizer should cost you $1.50 to $2.00 1000/sq. ft., given you apply about 1#N each time and want quality like I said. If you sell an app. for $4.00 you are only making about $8.00 to $10.00 gross net for a 4000 sq. ft. lawn. If it takes you 20 mins. to spread, blow the hard surfaces, put the spreader away etc., you are "making" about $30.00 an hour over raw material costs. Now figure your realistic overhead (ususally a lot higher than we think) and wear and tear and disposal fees for the bags...etc., etc., you probably are not returning more than $20.00 per hour to your business at these rates...if that. Can you make a living at those prices or are you fertilizing when you mow or doing something else? Curious, Neal
  6. grassworks

    grassworks LawnSite Member
    Posts: 134

    That's why I said it depends on the sq.footage. It was a vague question to start with so I was just trying to give a ballpark idea . Actually I have no 1,000 sq.ft lawns, nor have I ever . I assumed everyone had a minimum and felt no need to spell that out.
  7. grassworks

    grassworks LawnSite Member
    Posts: 134

    Too explain my post.. Yes ,The competition is fierce but I think the original post(the way I read it) was asking about a staight app of 16-6-8 for a basic mowing stop . I would rarely offer this service unless following a seeding job or something else done at the same time. I don't offer 1 time only fertilizer applications but try to sell a program as many probably do. Here are my numbers for this particular post...

    1 50 lb bag of 16-6-8 costs $10.55 (andersons product) for lawn of 8,000 sq.ft (average for my area) will provide a lb of N per 1,000 and take me 10 min (most) to spread. At $5 per 1,000 you should add $29.45(40 app cost-10.55 fert cost)to your bottom line for that 10-15 mins.

    Of course you may not drive out there for a special trip and arrive anywhere near these numbers. That is a whole different price :waving:
  8. You are correct, I operate in a very competitive area. In fact my prices include weed control. I went over to www.smartpages.com and typed in "Lawn Fertilizing" and my city and 179 matches where found.

    There are plenty of companies that will do quality work for less then I charge. There are also a few companies that work "under the table" that charge even less.

    But I don't like to whine about it. I still draw plenty of work, and I have a 85% retention rate, plus I can concentrate my customers in a relatively small area, and that helps with productivity.

    I also have a lot of lawns under 2,000 sq/ft, and they pay the full $25.00 each stop. The margin on those accounts is great.

    On the other hand, there are plenty of suppliers for the LCO's also, so I can shop around for the best price and then make Lesco match it.

    I don't mow or do anything else, all I do is fert and turf pest control.

    Neal, if you have more questions feel free to send me a PM.

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