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Dethatching Prices

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by pjnlandscape, Jan 23, 2010.

  1. pjnlandscape

    pjnlandscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 160

    i have gotten a few calls regarding dethatching, neither of which have gotten me anywhere, ut had they i would have had no idea how to price this. how is everyone elso pricing dethatching? Hourly? By sqft? and how much? any info is helpful thanks.

    2001 Chevy S10 LS ext. cab
    2009 carry on 5X8
    2009 Bobcat 36 WB
    Redmax EBZ7001
    Redmax and Echo handhelds
    Super Duty coming soon!
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Hauling away raw material for decomp and additional nutrients, is something, you may want to reconsider. If the clients are concerned that they need instant relief, in order to get water and nutrient, to the rootzone. Aerate.

    If you are just trying to clear away some of the brown debri, from dead grass clippings etc, then start throwing out molasses/sugar and water properly to speed up decomp.

    As the stuff decomposes it creates the most excellent, growing medium, that turf can ask for.
  3. pjnlandscape

    pjnlandscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 160

    Thanks but i am really looking for a rule of thumb for dethatching because that is more popular in my area, especially with the number of irrigation systems. also that would help me with lawn renovation.

    2001 Chevy S10 LS Ext. Cab
    2009 Carry On 5x8
    2009 Bobcat 36 WB
    Redmax EBZ7001
    Redmax and Echo Hand helds
  4. pararest

    pararest LawnSite Member
    Messages: 43

    I charge 800.00 for up to 2500 sq ft. This price is for what we call a complete lawn renovation. Which includes mowing grass short, aeration, thatching of lawn area, raking and hauling of all debris, mowing grass again to ensure we have removed all sediment, then we overseed and fertilize.

    It might seem like a lot of work but a crew of 2 guys can do several of these per day.

    We own the equipment but I would recommend renting until you see if this kind of work is that in demand in your area.

    Micah Owner
    Paradise Restored Landscaping
    Landscaper West Linn
    Outdoor Lighting Specialist Portland
  5. atouchofnature

    atouchofnature LawnSite Member
    Messages: 206

    I use $80 per 1000 sq. ft. as my base price, which includes dethatching in a criss-cross pattern and raking if needed. If I don't mow the lawn regularly, I give the customer instructions to mow the lawn short the night before I am scheduled to dethatch & remove the clippings. If I am responsible for the mowing, I either mow the lawn the day before, or take the mower with me and mow it immediately before dethatching. Either way, the mowing is not included in the $80 per 1000.

    If aeration is added to the process, I add $15 per 1000 sq. ft. if the lawn is open enough to use a towable aerator. If I have to use a walk behind aerator I add $25 per 1000 sq. ft.

    If overseeding is added, I triple my actual cost for the seed used, so if, for example, I pay $1.50 per lb for seed, and apply 30 lbs of seed, I charge $4.50 X 30 = $135 for overseeding. This price includes inoculating the seed & soil with beneficial fungi & microbes.

    If I apply a starter fertilizer, I charge the regular application price for that particular lawn.

    If they take the whole package, I just make it a flat $120 per 1000 sq. ft. and the mowing still isn't included.

    If the client is on a regular mowing or treatment schedule with my company I will give some discount, based upon how much work the customer gives me, how quickly they generally pay etc. For example, for a slow paying customer who only has me mowing their lawn, with few add-ons I might throw in the starter fertilizer for free, or throw in a free mowing, or give a $25 discount. On the other hand, a customer who pays within days, has full service mowing & treatments, and gets several add-ons per year might 20% discount on the entire invoice.

    Any lawn under 3,000 sq. ft is billed as if it were a full 3,000 sq. ft.

    If a lawn has less than 1" of thatch, I try to get them to scrap the dethatching in favor of aeration and topdressing with compost, if they don't like the topdressing idea, I try to get them to go for aeration with an application of compost tea, followed up by an application of molasses, fish emulsion & kelp.

    I know that all sounds a bit complicated. The detailed breakdown works best for me because I treat every lawn differently, and I am personally involved with every job. If I were sending employees to do the work, or was looking for a more simple approach, I would just give everyone the full service and charge $120 per 1000 sq. ft. (not including mowing) and come up with a standard discount for regular customers.
  6. Uponone605

    Uponone605 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 69

    8 to 12 cents per sq ft depending on size.
  7. pjnlandscape

    pjnlandscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 160

    Are you sure, 12 cents per square foot makes about 1500 dollars for the average 12500 square foot lawn around my area on the North Shore in Mass. i would get laughed at for even asking for that much.

    2001 Chevy S10 LS Ext. Cab
    2009 Carry On 5x8
    2009 Bobcat 36 WB
    Redmax EBZ7001
    Redmax and Echo Hand helds
  8. Vzavala622

    Vzavala622 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    Chicagoland area here and my prices start range from 20 to 25 dollars per 1000 sq ft if we remove the thatch and as low as 15 per 1000 sq ft if we leave waste on property. Our prices are for the most part in the middle range for the area. I have seen some low ball quotes but their work is rushed and not very good.
  9. WHIPPLE5.7

    WHIPPLE5.7 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 958

    Some you guys are f*cking nuts. A good rule of thumb for dethatching and hauling off the debris is 3X what you would charge to mow that place.
  10. RLC12065

    RLC12065 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 179

    I look at the size of the lawn and the type of grass you're thatching. A bluegrass lawn will have alot more thatch than a rye or fescue lawn. It also depends how they maintain the lawn, bagging verse leaving the clippings and the general condition of the lawn. I try to determine how long it will take and how much thatch i will need to haul away. Using a price per sq/ft might work for aerations but doesn't work for me with thatching.

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