Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by GabesLawnCare, Jan 10, 2010.

  1. OrganicsMaine

    OrganicsMaine LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 553

    Small Axe....they do make a smaller walk behind machine....check out their website.

    As far as "getting" my customers to allow me to aerate their lawns...I have already educated them on proper turf care and they understand that if they want a healthy green lawn, aeration is an important part of the process.
  2. xclusive

    xclusive LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,054

    I definitely agree with this. I offer the service on my customers contracts as well as on their invoices as a reminder if they didnt sign up for it altready. Once a customer knows the benefits of it they are likely to want it done and you can make a ton of money in it. I bought an aerator last season and it already paid for itself and some
  3. OrangeToys

    OrangeToys LawnSite Bronze Member
    from SW MO
    Messages: 1,034

    I have the issue of people are so tight with money even before the economy went bad.
  4. superintendent

    superintendent LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 394

    Cool season grass you do in the spring and fall and warm season grass you do in the summer
  5. xclusive

    xclusive LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,054

    I have found that if you can explain to them how it benefits their lawn they will be more receptive. I have some elderly customers that are on strict budgets but they always have me thatch, aerate, and overseed their lawns every year.
  6. OrangeToys

    OrangeToys LawnSite Bronze Member
    from SW MO
    Messages: 1,034

    Where did you find your info that answered all the custormers question about it?
  7. xclusive

    xclusive LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,054

    From research and competive shopping like having lawn doctor/chemlawn come price my lawn for all their services
  8. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,795

    you should not habve to thatch and seed a lawn every year. that usually means poor maint if you have a actual issue with thatch. you do more damage than good if you do it for no real reason. but aeration every year is a good practice for the best lawn.
  9. FYS777

    FYS777 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,305

    here check this link:

    for what to charge, depends on what YOU need to charge!!!!!!!
  10. Manscape

    Manscape LawnSite Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 47

    New to the site, don't bash me! I'll try and keep it short and sweet.

    2nd year landscaping on my own
    Growing quickly
    Just purchased 42" Wildcat/Velocity Deck/ 26 Liquid Cooled/Collection System

    I am being sold on the JRCO front mount Aerator and Dethatcher...

    First, what do you think about these? Cheaper alternative obviously to two separate machines.

    Second, when you aerate, (plugs) do you leave the plugs laying on the lawn?
    Or would you bag them (cut the lawn) then seed?

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