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Aeration & Dethatching 2020 Prices

Discussion in 'Bidding, Estimating and Pricing' started by Joana Williams, Feb 4, 2020.

  1. Joana Williams

    Joana Williams LawnSite Member
    Messages: 164

    What do yall charge for Aeration & Dethatching?

    Do you guys rent the machines or do you own them?

    Aeration Prices; $20.00 - $25.00 / 1000 SQFT
    Dethatch Prices; $30.00 - $100.00 / 1000 SQFT

    Rental Prices:
    Aeration: $75.00 - 100.00
    Dethatch: $70.00 - 100.00

    I feel like my prices a little high because the rental prices really kill me. And the Dethatching can be a real pain in the butt. I've never tried the attachment for the mowers for dethatching, we always go for a more premium in depth dethatch with a power rake.
     
  2. Mattmowsgrass

    Mattmowsgrass LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 329

    I think dethatching, is super easy. But the clean up, I hate. Aeration is a work out.
    I too rent machines.
    I try and book as many as I can into one day. So, last year I did one day of aeration and 2 day of power rakeing. I made at least $600 each of those days,
    I consider that harder work, then mowing, my main job. so charge more. But I have no specific guidlines. For my pricing. I look at a property decide i'd want to make $200 for this, charge that.and try and fill up a day and do only that. So the rental fees do t kill me.
     
  3. Mark Stark

    Mark Stark LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,187

    We're in your market. We don't dethatch. It's a hassle.

    I think your aeration prices are high. At $25 per 1k of turf, your roughly $200-$250 for a typical 1/4-1/3 acre property in our area.

    If you can get it, great. Renting aerator sucks because it's seasonal and everyone wants to get one. Same as rolling really. I suppose of you have a secure line on one each season, that's cool. You should rent by the month probably.

    Here's another idea....if you can charge the prices your trying for, network with someone else in your market :)waving:) who you could sub it out to. You make money for less work and hassle.
     
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    Joana Williams

    Joana Williams LawnSite Member
    Messages: 164

    Yea the clean-up can be a real pain. I try to figure it's a more premium service vs the attachment guys put on their mowers.
     
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    Joana Williams

    Joana Williams LawnSite Member
    Messages: 164

    I figure we are a little high on the Aeration, probably could be between $15.00 - $22.00 / 1000 SQFT.
    And Rochester is really far from us. :p
     
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  6. Mattmowsgrass

    Mattmowsgrass LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 329

    Around here, there is a group of 4 guys. They don't even do lawn care.
    But during aeration season, they rent out all the aerators, so no one else can. Then put up signs "aeration $40". All Four guys hop out the suv. And get to work.
    They get all the jobs, because the get done quick, and it it others can't because there is no aerators left to rent. Plus the put signs everywere. I know of two groups like this.
     
  7. JMK26

    JMK26 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Missouri
    Messages: 15,524

    I don't dethatch. Most of the time it doesn't need it.

    Aerating is $100 minimum up to 5000 sq feet. Price goes up from there depending on obstacles and turns, odd shapes etc. I don't do the whole X amount per 1000. As I mention in the next paragraph I use a ride on...so wide open spaces are pretty easy...so an additional 1000 isn't all that much effort. What kills time are the obstacles and weird patio or flowerbed shapes.

    I rent a Toro Ride on aerator for a week in September...schedule everyone that week. I usually turn in the aerator a day or two early but I rent it for the week and reserve the same week the following year when I turn it in.
     
  8. Mark Stark

    Mark Stark LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,187

    Ohhhhhhh I thought you were a Roc guy? My mistake sir! :hammerhead:
     
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  9. JFGLN

    JFGLN LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,174

    There is a company around here who does this. They do a crappy job and their ads are misleading.
     
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  10. JFGLN

    JFGLN LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,174

    Buy an aerator already. Look for a used one from a rental store. They pay for themselves in one day.
     

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