Core Aeration Minimum Price

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Peerless Lawn Care, Aug 29, 2010.

  1. Ric3077

    Ric3077 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,113

    $75 minimum, $15 per 1000 sq ft. These guys charging under $50 are nuts...we have flyers all over my area too for $38 for UP TO 15000 SQFT WTF? I get $225 all day long for 15000 sq ft...they are cheating themselves...
  2. starry night

    starry night LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,228

    Want to try again?

    But seriously, how many lawns do you have to do at a low price to pay for your LS aerator at about 3000 bucks.
  3. WenzelOSLLC

    WenzelOSLLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 709

    I'm in central mn and usually charge about $60 minimum if I have enough people wanting to aerate that day. $20 bucks more if theres only a couple clients. I also rent my equipment so thats how I get my minimum, rental price plus some for my pocket per lawn. So even if I only do one I make money, the more the better.
  4. lone wolf

    lone wolf LawnSite Member
    Messages: 102

    For example, I have a $35 min on resi lawns to mow. Many are in the $40-$50 range. Aeration is a min of $75 for me. That is about all my area will handle. To me, it is way easier than mowing. I think, anyways.

  5. starry night

    starry night LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,228

    I'm not usually called on to aerate lawns less than 6,000 sq ft. We charge at least $75 for that size. We make cross-passes or double-passes with our LS walk-behind.
  6. mikesturf

    mikesturf LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 797

    Yeah seriously. I work for myself so I don't take union coffee breaks every hour or 45 minute lunches. I average 13 lawns per 8 hour day, so thats $500 per day. The most I ever did in one day was 22 lawns-long hard day. I do single pass, no fertilizing or spreading seed. For my lawn fertilization customers I double aerate problem areas. My average lawn is 5,000ft. I also bought the LS Sulky for doing connected lawns.

    I owned a Ryan IV and V in the past, so I see is you have never tried the LS aerator you would say aerating sucks. Buying the LS was the best money I ever spent. I can do more lawns in one day and still be ready to work the next day-not dead tired or sore.

    All my stops are within 10 minutes of each other, with most stops 2 or 3 aerations. So my LS aerator has been paid off the first month I got it.

    You have to find your niche, mine is tiny lawns and sell the neighbors hard. This way charging one 5,000ft customer $350 for the year to fertilize can evolve into having 4 customers totalling 20,000ft charging $1,400.
  7. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,378

    BINGO....I spent the $3250 this spring on the Lawn Solutions WB aerator to add to my Plugr 850HD for needed redundancy. I would of seen much quicker return on investment if I had spent that same money towards another mower.

    My minimum is basically 1.5X the mowing rate. $45 is my minimum. Spring aeration's are difficult to market since so few irrigation systems are turned on before mowing season starts. Falls aeration are less popular but I have done a few recently.

    Overall the time spent dropping off flags or marking them for a customer and the lawn chat spiel I seem to be giving customers on total turf health it hardly makes it worth doing. As soon as mowing season starts I bail on aeration's...just not worth fiddling with if it displaces mowings when you can show up week after week etc.

    As strange as it sounds I still would like to buy the Lawn Solutions Stander but $7k+ for such a limited window of use seems silly in my situation. Buying a Toro Grandstand, Walker or even a Quick Dually would yield a better return.

    I have another business where I net [not gross] much higher profits overall with far less capital investment ....but I prefer the lawn biz frankly. :hammerhead:
  8. khutch

    khutch LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 495

    I shoot for $80 per hour, easy smaller props end up netting about $100 per hour.
    Just got the Lawn Solutions WB, so far, so good.........
  9. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
    Messages: 4,376

    Yep, that is my rate too. But, could do better with better equipment and techniques.
  10. Agape

    Agape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,644

    I always get people who say they got a card once from a company who does it for $25, but that is if you catch them every 2 years that they're in the neighborhood.

    I don't spend thousands on equipment to give cheap service- that's crazy!

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