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What's your average cost per round for fert and chem per M2?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by sedge, Apr 10, 2008.

  1. sedge

    sedge LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 32,557

    Was just wondering where you guys are all at on your costs as far as fert and chem goes per round average.

    I just ran the numbers today and we are at about $1.40 per M2 for our 7 app program, per app.

    5 ferts, 3 pre-emergents.

  2. Hermanator

    Hermanator LawnSite Member
    Posts: 223

    Wow, what a bunch of chicken sh!ts. We are at $1.20. Your using to much of something if your that high.
  3. whoopassonthebluegrass

    whoopassonthebluegrass LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,200

    This conversation is absolutely pointless. If you're not gonna discuss WHAT you're putting down, then these #'s are just a load of crap.
  4. ATVracer

    ATVracer LawnSite Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 346

    I would dislike being a customer with no postemergent applications.
  5. sedge

    sedge LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 32,557

    2 post emergents included.

    I didn't figure every one would be willing to discuss their complete program, so I was just asking what every one's average costs were. I don't see why it is pointless. I think it is a very valid question.

    Of course, if some one wants to lie here, they can and they can do that either way. If you all are too chicken, then fine, but one's chemical costs are a very small part of your over all costs, so I don't see why your so scared.

    VARMIT COMMISSION LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 547

    DYE (BLUE) .13/1000 (OPTIONAL)
    PRE-M .27/1000 (SPLIT APP)
    3-WAY .12/1000 (LATE)
    24D ESTER .10/1000 (EARLY)

    THATS .62/1000
    .37 TO .39 CENTS PER 1000 SQUARE FEET

    Fertilizer just depends on the time of year. Melted, granular, combo-product.
  7. whoopassonthebluegrass

    whoopassonthebluegrass LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,200

    I run a very thorough pkg that includes:

    6 ferts
    5 weed sprays
    5 concrete crack sprays
    2 pre-em's
    1 grub prevention
    1 topical insectide
    1 shrub/bush/ornamental spray

    My averaged cost per M (strictly chemical costs) = $1.9533.
  8. turf hokie

    turf hokie LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,743

    All I do is fert and squirt. So it is the BULK of my costs.
  9. sedge

    sedge LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 32,557

    So you don't hardly have any labor, fuel, advertising or overhead related expenses huh? Wow, that's amazing. Your a lucky guy :)
  10. whoopassonthebluegrass

    whoopassonthebluegrass LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,200

    Of course there's overhead, but when you divide the non-chemical costs across a few hundred customers, it's not so bad.

    I, for one, have a per-customer chemical cost that's more than double the per-customer non-chemical costs. If my average lawn is 6k, then I'm spending $70ish on chems, while the other costs only add up to $30ish.

    This will all vary, of course, based on truck payments, insurance rates, how you advertise, etc... but chemical costs are easily the biggest factor for me, as well.

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