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$99 Sand Topdressing Service

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by adam.neusbaum, Apr 18, 2013.

  1. adam.neusbaum

    adam.neusbaum LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 641

    I'm considering this bargain priced topdressing service for lawns like this. An ecolawn buggy of sand goes a whole lot farther than compost (not sure why exactly). These Zoysia lawns sure need it. I need to figure out my cost first. This is coming from someone that spreads compost for $60/yard and our average home requires 5 yards. Thoughts? Maybe $149.

  2. Thoughts....don't drive the market down. That is too cheap dude.
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  3. adam.neusbaum

    adam.neusbaum LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 641

    True. When advertising a price I try & nail it the first time & you know it worked when the phone rings thereafter. By doing 8 of these a day for $129 the exposure rate goes way up compared to doing 3 a week at $270 each. Some giant snowballs are built from the smallest flakes, just got to get it rolling first. We can only charge what the market can bear.
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  4. Yea....but...,this is a specialized service, not cutting grass. I'm not gonna do it for cheap. It's like cutting sports turf with a reel mower. There are way more costs involved and it is specialized, gotta charge way more for it. But if that's all you can get for it, I guess that's what it is.
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  5. adam.neusbaum

    adam.neusbaum LawnSite Senior Member
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    Two cubic yards of sand/compost mix over trouble spots look to do a lot of good. $69/aeration & $120/2 cy yards topdressed tally $189.

    Last edited: Jun 6, 2013
  6. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 26,622

    Is all pricing in FLA that cheap? Damn!
  7. Not at all...he just wants to work like that...
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  8. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,568

    Since you are using a machine. You should charge enough to pay off the cost of that machine in one year.
    Say the machine cost $5000, and you treated a hundred lawns; you have to charge each one $50 just for the cost of the machine. I would say about another $50 for the dump truck. Add cost of materials. Add cost of labor. Add cost of labor burden ( taxes and benefits). Add average cost of uncollected accounts divided among the bills that do pay. Add your overhead charge per hour.

    Find last year's total overhead cost--and divide by the total number of hours that were worked.
    Suppose your overhead was $10,000...and your guys worked a total of 5000 hours. You have to charge added $2.00 for each hour worked to cover your overhead for this year.
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2013
  9. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 26,622

  10. gulfjoe

    gulfjoe LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,638

    Level Lawns in Atlanta GA just quoted me $0.30 a sqft. I need 10,000sqft done, so that is $3000. They are high end but that should give you an idea of you should be charging.

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