you charge extra for nut grass control

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by ant, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
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    my full service clients (complete fert program with insecticide and preventative fungicide apps ) get nut grass control for free and the rest that get the basic program are getting charged..
     
  2. vencops

    vencops LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
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    "Free"? Or, "it's included"....lol?

    I've only done spot spraying. If I had to do a blanket app.....I'd have to charge for it. I don't have a customer who has it bad enough I can't take care of it with spot spraying. And, a one-time packet of sedgehammer is $8. My app. Sunday morning took 20min's (incl. mix time).

    I can eat that.
     
  3. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
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    Never. It is understood that all sedges are to be taken care of. Lots of lawn guys are bounced for failing to properly control sedges.
     
  4. turf hokie

    turf hokie LawnSite Silver Member
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    Part of our service, we actually use it as a selling point as the big boys either look the other way or charge additional, picked up a few houses this year when we told them it was included...
     
  5. vencops

    vencops LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Posts: 1,537

    Green & T Hokie.....

    Do your customers know what nutsedge is (would know what you were talking about, if you called it by name)? Or, do they know it's just another "weed"?

    I haven't talked to a customer yet who knew it by name.
     
  6. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
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    Ven,
    I agree with you!! The concept of education to customers isn't easy for all. Nutsedge has only been a troublesome weed within the last 10 years or so for us as more is being imported from other states through soil and or landscape materials. It has primarily showed up in shrubbery beds first, and then has spread to the lawn.
    I am convinced that when customers go and purchase these so-called high quality bags of potting soil, conditioners, to use on lawn in hopes of top dressing and filling holes is when the infestation gets started. Kyllinga came here all of a sudden as well!

    Nutsedge control is told up front to customers just the same as crabgrasses. Most times they don't know what you are talking about anyway and that is why I carry a picture catalog. They are charged accordingly and it is figured into the total season bill.............for me it is XXX amount of dollars divided by 7.
     
  7. n-green

    n-green LawnSite Senior Member
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    No charge. It's a weed.
     
  8. turf hokie

    turf hokie LawnSite Silver Member
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    Vencops

    Yes, unfortunately a good portion of my customers do know what it is and actually will call in to the office for a nutsedge treatment, we are just seeing kyllinga sporadically now, so not an issue yet.

    Not all of them know what it is, but not all of them have it either, I have gotten calls for crabgrass and get to the site and its nutsedge, those customers dont understand why I could not prevent it....
     
  9. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    Two ways to run a lawn care Business.

    Quote a cheap price then Nickel Dime your customer to death with extras like TG/CL. This appeals to Cheaper customer who will switch services for $ 5.00 less


    My way. Sell a complete service at a reasonable price and enough margin to be able to provide top notch service gaining Customer loyalty.
     
  10. vencops

    vencops LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Posts: 1,537

    Ric:

    I couldn't agree more with your approach. My problem is, this is my 1st year spraying. ALL of my fert./squirt customers are new customers. I have no idea of the history of their lawns.

    I don't have a single account where nutsedge control would require a blanket app.. But, I've seen a few lawns where that would be (IMO) the prudent approach. If I didn't know what to expect, I don't see how I could foresee such a problem (and budget, accordingly) or NOT budget for it.....and have it be an issue.

    One approach isn't fair (price-wise) to the customer. The other isn't fair, to me.

    Again, on established accounts, I wholeheartedly agree with how you do it.
     

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