Aeration questions and help

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by JeffW0011, Sep 10, 2007.

  1. JeffW0011

    JeffW0011 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 182

    I have had several customers inquire about aeration and over seeding. I have also had calls. I have researched and have consulted with some local experts on basic info and pricing and what not. I am looking for any tips or general info. I am looking for multiple opinions on the following questions.

    1) I know they say early September is the best time in this area...central Indiana....I am wondering if the extreme summer has widened the window of oppurtunity. I can rent/borrow a machine real cheap two weeks from now. Would I still be in good shape time wise?

    2) How much would you charge? Say for a 10k square foot lot or say for a customer you charge $40 to cut.

    3) How much would you markup seed cost and fertilizer.

    4) Do you need to have any utility companies mark underground items. Do you risk cutting any cables or gas lines etc?

    5) any other tips or tricks or practical info??

    Thanks in advance for the help.
  2. NewLeaf

    NewLeaf LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    I charge approx, 0.11 per sq. foot plus cost of seed. (For overseeding)
    Aeration, charge like your mowing X2.
  3. Soupy

    Soupy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,125

    Too cheap. For a 10K lot charge $120 - $150 and double the price if they want seed. If you have to go lower maybe $100 ($200 seeded), but any lower I would pass and let the lowballers have it.
  4. NewLeaf

    NewLeaf LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    OK wait a minute, 10,000 sq. feet x 0.11 comes to $1,100.00 all day.
    then if you aerate that would bring at least $240.00. Correct me if I'm wrong
  5. Soupy

    Soupy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,125

    I figured you meant 0.011 per sq ft. Because I know your not getting $1100 to aerate 10K. $110 for just aeration isn't to bad on 10K but seeding at cost makes it ridiculously low.

    just aeration you said you charge 2 x mowing price. Unless your charging $55+ to mow then your to low again. I have seen 10K lawns go for $15 - $40 so it's not a good way to base aeration price.

    DLAWNS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,780

    I was advised to price it at $50-100 per 1000 sq.ft. thats what I've done and most people haven't complained. My advice is go closer to the $100,as seed can get costly plus the rental fee, and time especially if you are new to it.
  7. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I just charge my usual labor rates + cost of seed.
  8. JeffW0011

    JeffW0011 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 182

    is there any danger of damaging buried cables, pipes and such? what about tree roots and such?
  9. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,650

    I charge $15 per 1000 sq/ft, with typical lawns here at 10,000 to 20,000 sq ft. So $150 to $300 per lawn to aerate with a tow behind. I spread 2 lbs of seed per 1000 sq/ft at $10 per 1000 sq/ft (I pay a little under $2 per pound for seed) so $100 to $200 to overseed.

    So a typical 15K sq/ft lawn is $375 to aerate and seed for 2 hrs work, but I do pay $60 for the seed. Do 4 in a day, and the pay is pretty good.

    The biggest danger is hitting sprinklers. I ask the customers to flag them before I arrive. In Mass, the elec cables are buried 18" by code. That doesn't mean that you may not hit something, so be careful.
  10. NewLeaf

    NewLeaf LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    So how about $75.00 base 5k & under, then $10.00-$15.00 for additional 1k.
    Whould that cost include seed or not?

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