Aeration and overseed

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Diego A Antonio, Sep 12, 2017.

  1. Diego A Antonio

    Diego A Antonio LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    Hi All,

    Just landed my first lawn renovation for this fall.

    I'm thinking about doing a aeration, seeding & top dress with compost.

    I'm having difficulty pricing this. don't want to go too high or too low

    Any basic standards out there that i can follow?? i'm in southern New Hampshire.

    i would really appreciate any help i can get.

    Thanks
    Diego
     
  2. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,460

    The topdress is a lot of work for little benefit--unless the customer insists on it.
    My opinion, double aerate and double seed. Labor is a lot less.
    Don't forget starter fertilizer (at the maximum rate).
    Read his water meter--and insist he waters heavily. His water bill should show a major increase. Tell him no guarantee whatever if his water bill does not spike up.
     
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  3. RedSox4Life

    RedSox4Life LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 1,645

    I'd also like to see what people are charging for this typ of service.
    Generally I get something like $15-20 per 1k for aerateing and it takes 45- 60 minutes to aerate 10k. I figure approximately 1 man hour to put out 1 yd at compost at 1yd per k...using wheelbarrels and forecasting method. Another $15-20 per 1k to seed, plus the cost of seed.
     
  4. Diego A Antonio

    Diego A Antonio LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    I'm going with the 3x the cost of mowing. I have seen folks talk about that formula for pricing

    Let me know if i'm in the right track..

    Thansk
     
  5. jc1

    jc1 LawnSite Silver Member
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    To do an aeration correctly it takes more then 3 times the amount of time to mow a property and is harder on the equipment and body.
     
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  6. Diego A Antonio

    Diego A Antonio LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    I'm in southern New Hampshire any recommendations?? this is fairly new to me.
     
  7. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,610

    I have heard that , now how do the fert and squirt companies that dont mow charge ? Aerating is a short season with long hours using a expensive machine that gets used a small portion of the year . Bid the job to make money . If you want to stand out and get recomendations , double aerate and double seed , use plenty of fert .
     
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  8. RedSox4Life

    RedSox4Life LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 1,645

    Picking a number out of thin air.....or a number that you heard someone else charges......isn't a good strategy. You need to know how long these services take you to perform and what they cost you. Only then can you come up with a pricing structure.
     
  9. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    I do not understand $15 to $20 per thous to seed. Even if you are slow, you can use a spreader to cover 1000 sqft per minute.
    If you paid $2 per pound for seed and applied 5 pounds per thousand, that is $10.
    Using a slit seeder--the machine cost is much higher, of course. You should charge enough to pay off the machine cost in one year, (maybe two years). And it is much slower with a 24 inch wide slit seeder.
     
  10. RedSox4Life

    RedSox4Life LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 1,645

    I only slice seed, never broadcast
     

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