Costs & percentages

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by bondlawn, Nov 10, 2000.

  1. bondlawn

    bondlawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 47

    Property: 122,000 sq. ft (8000 sq. ft. Hybrid, remaining is common), Bermuda grass, located just south of Atlanta.

    Bid specs call for:
    App. 1 - Jan/Feb - light fert, prem, broadleaf postm for winter weeds
    App. 2 - Mar/Apr - fert, prem
    App. 3 - Jun - heavy slow release fert
    App. 4 - Aug/Sep - fert
    App. 5 - Oct - fert, prem, broadleaf postm
    App. 6 - Dec - potassium based fert

    Bid spec also calls for spot treatment May-Sep for broadleafs and insects and disease controls "as needed".

    I've just got my license (aren't you proud of me Lawrence?) and this is the first job I'm putting out a bid on. What is a reasonable price for the 6 apps? Can you even put a price on the "as needed", or should that be treated as an adder? What should I have as a ratio for cost of material to sale price? Any product recommendations and other info would be greatly appreciated.
  2. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
    Messages: 3,485

    First, I do not apply a pre-emergent to a warm season grass just prior to it coming from being dormant. Any Bermuda seeds dropped last year will not grow if you apply Pre-M, I would apply a post emergent (Drive or MSMA) after crabgrass is noted or wait and apply Pre-M after the Bermuda is growing and green.

    Here is a good schedule for Bermuda here in NC:

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