When measuring out sq. ft...

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Freddy_Kruger, Mar 18, 2006.

  1. Freddy_Kruger

    Freddy_Kruger LawnSite Bronze Member
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    (I bought a walking measurer)

    Do you get the sqaure feet off the perimetre of the property? I'm asking, even though this seems counter-intuitive, because on justmowit site they say sq. ft. before alteration. I think that means house, driveway etc.

    Or do you want just the square feet of what you are actually going to cut? keeping in mind trimming, trees...
     
  2. TURF DOCTOR

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
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    Not on cutting,but on fertilize applications it saves you with no guessing.
     
  3. SodKing

    SodKing LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Break everything into small squares...Lets start in front measure across the front and from the street to the end of the grass near the house, multiply together and write down the answer. The measure the length and width of the side yard, back yard, and other side yard, write those numbers down...add them to the front numbers and you have square feet of the lawn...
     
  4. HOOLIE

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
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    I believe justmowit and others use the total square footage to get a rough idea of the turf square footage, assuming most houses are the same size and so forth.

    Like mentioned, just break the lawn into different areas if you want to measure the turf areas only. You should measure this if you're doing treatments so you can accurately judge how much product to buy.
     
  5. Freddy_Kruger

    Freddy_Kruger LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I'm doing this (keeping track of EVERYTHING) to learn as much as I can, as fast as I can about lawn care. But that's a good point about fertilizer as I intend to offer that service.
     
  6. befnme

    befnme LawnSite Bronze Member
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    the easiest thing to do is figure length x width on prop to get total sf. 7500
    then figure same on home 1250
    then figure same on drive 120

    now add home and drive together you get 1370 sf

    subtract that fro the total sf of 7500 and you get 6130 total sf of lawn to be treated
     
  7. befnme

    befnme LawnSite Bronze Member
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    the easiest thing to do is figure length x width on prop to get total sf. 7500
    then figure same on home 1250
    then figure same on drive 120

    now add home and drive together you get 1370 sf

    subtract that fro the total sf of 7500 and you get 6130 total sf of lawn to be treated with chemical
     

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  8. Freddy_Kruger

    Freddy_Kruger LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Nice post bfmne. Thanks, that seem a bit faster in fact across the front of lawn while measuring i can also aproximate the the house and drive way demensions. That's a great way.
     
  9. TurfProSTL

    TurfProSTL LawnSite Senior Member
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    Unless they've got alot of beds, a patio, a shed, a pool, etc. to deduct.....
     
  10. SodKing

    SodKing LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Its not all about speed of the estimate...

    Here is my routine...it is the same for any lawn and I have measured thousands...

    1. Knock on front door and greet the potential client
    2. On the way back to the truck to get the measuring wheel, stick Ph meter in the ground with the truck keys next to it (that way you don't leave the meter behind)
    3. Measure the front sides and back looking at the lawn for signs of insect activity, disease, or other issues. This is why they called you.
    4. Take note of Ph and water content (Kelway) and retreive meter.
    5. Go to truck and write out the lawn analysis sheet noting any problems you may have encountered and giving recomendations and pricing.
    6. Go knock on door again and sell the program specifically addressing issues you have encountered and can remedy.

    Now who is going to sell more programs? You who will walk up to the front door and says $50 bucks will do her, or me who will say " Mrs Fudge while inspecting your lawn I noticed a bit of Red thread which the nitrogen in the first application will take care of, if the issue persists we can treat it but at the moment I would suggest a careful monitoring, also you have some European Chafer grub activity in the back near your neighbors property line, the merit in our program will clear this pest up...while I was walking along I also noticed that your Mountain Laurel have a touch of Lacewing injury our tree and shrub care program will return these shrubs to a healthy state...The price for your lawn will be $75 under our program..."
     

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