Aerating a large property???

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by CutNLawns, Sep 27, 2005.

  1. CutNLawns

    CutNLawns LawnSite Member
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    I have a customer that has 29100 sq. ft of grass area they want aerated and overseeded. The area is open with no obsticles but the back and sides (26000 sq ft of it) is a pretty good slope. I would assume a pull behind would be the best tool with keeping expenses in mind but what would you guys charge for a large property. Use the same calculations regaurdless of Sq. ft or does the rate go down some as the Sq. Ft. increases? Thanks!
  2. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
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    I am going to aerate a 20 acre property this week, and on that large, I charge $100 per acre.
  3. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    What are you going to use to aerate 20 acres? How long do you think it'll take you?

    CutN..... I would ask ~$900 to do that job (aerate & seed).
  4. all ferris

    all ferris LawnSite Bronze Member
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    to aerate and overseed this size property I would be around somewhere around $500-$600 depending on the shape of the existing lawn. A lawn that is not in too good of shape will require more seed. And if you are going to overseed you should put down a starter fert (you must have lic. to do this)

    Any more ???? pm me cause I am in your neck of the woods and I am a commercial applicator(lic.)
  5. CutNLawns

    CutNLawns LawnSite Member
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    Thanks guys, i thought I was in the ball park at bidding it for $680. The yard is a pretty slope and if it is damp i'm not sure if the ZTR will hold on it pulling. I was thinking of using the 800 Polaris to pull it. What equipment do you guys suggest to use? Keep price in mind as i am only needing to get by this year doing a few with a pull behind. thanks!
  6. jeffex

    jeffex LawnSite Bronze Member
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    How much seed are you using on 20 acres? That is your biggest expence. I get $250 to aerate[ 2 passes], 25 lbs of rebel seed,lime and starter fert. on 1/4 acre lawns. $100 per acre seems more reasonable. I paid $67.73 for 50 lb bags of rebel supreme at a farm supply store. That was the best bulk price I could find in my area .
  7. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
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    I am using a 36" Ryan on a three point hitch on my 495 JD. It should take about 14 hrs.
  8. mowin at the lake

    mowin at the lake LawnSite Member
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    find a steiner with an aerator on the front.

    There were a few rental yard in stl that rented them a few years ago (when i lived there) kane
  9. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    You're kidding... right? A 36" to do 20 acres? You must have a rental place near by.. rent a 60".
  10. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    6-700 for 29k sq. feet? That's only 2/3'rds an acre...
    Maybe it got crossed up with the 20 acre lot...

    Because for 2/3'rd acre, 60 for aeration, 100 lbs. of seed = 150 w/ labor, so $210 for aerating and overseeding a 2/3 acre lot. Fertilizer and lime, uhm, + 120 so we're up to $340 or thereabouts.

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