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Dethatch pricing per K

Schlepie

LawnSite Member
Hey guys
Not finding enough good threads on this one. Those of you that dethatch, in a nutshell, what price or range are you charging per K. Also are you flagging sprinkler head or is it not that necessary?
THanks
Schlepie
 

bastalker

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Connecticut
I just look at the place, figure out how long its going to take, an give them a $50 an hour figure....Plus the cost of the dethatcher of course.........
 

bobbygedd

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
NJ
i say use hourly only as a last resort. i've come to find that hourly is good if you can't figure a price, it will protect you. but, it can burn you once you get more efficient. personally i charge by the 1000 sq ft section. i'm not sure, but i think it's $45 per k
 

mmacsek

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Elizabeth, WV
Bobby,
That $45 per 1K include cleanup and disposal? Depending on the yard, that can be a big job. (cleanup) Matt
 

bobbygedd

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
NJ
cleanup yes. most of the time leave it in bags at thier house. i have hauled it though, dumping grass is free here (as long as you don't get caught)
 

fga

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
S.I., NY
here we double the price of the monthly service. $75 house for the month, $150 thatch and fertilize. there are variables though, some houses only "take care" of the front yard, etc.
 

greenback

LawnSite Member
Location
L.I.
what if you have to rent the dethatcher, i realize it is not the customers fault i do not own one but what do you charge. i have two or three i have to do either this weekend or next, i will try to do them all in the same day.
 

bobbygedd

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
NJ
green, i used to rent one. it sucked. it may cost you $75 for the day. actually, what i used to do is pick up the machine, thatch all the lawns(don't clean up, just run the machine) return the machine as quick as possible to save money. sometimes it would only cost $50. then go back and clean up. get a thatcher. i bought a used one for $300, runs and works beautiful.
 

PROCUTSLAWNCARE

LawnSite Member
Location
Ashtabula Ohio
Has anyone used the pull behind thatcher??? I just bought one and man does it work well.

Hell, for 90 bucks you can get a 48'' thatcher and make some money, thing is people are too dang cheap to pay for such a good service!
 

bobbygedd

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
NJ
pull behind? i use walk behinds, can i use such a unit on a walk behind? or wait, u think my wife could pull it ?
 
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