Do you charge for...?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Josh18, Aug 13, 2004.

  1. Josh18

    Josh18 LawnSite Member
    from AL
    Messages: 64

    This has been my first year part time in the business while going to college. I have found myself giving away some free services so I could keep my limited number of accounts. One thing I have been doing is spot spraying the weeds in the cracks of the sidewalks and curbs. I was wondering if anyone else does this for free or do you charge extra for this service?
  2. Wells

    Wells LawnSite Member
    from SLC UT
    Messages: 0

    I usually just hit them with the weed whacker.
    Spin the machine upside down like your edging and take the weed down to a nub.

    It keeps them down for quite a while.
  3. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,569

    We do that for free as it is very cheap to do, takes only seconds and is very good customer service that has directly got us other customers because of that person telling others.
  4. SpudsM15

    SpudsM15 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 628

    Umm, thats illegal in a way.
    Because if I charge for that I have to be licenced and pay special insurance for pest. apps.!

    Do not do that for free... Thats very good money since it only takes 5 min tops to spray down the whole property!
  5. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,569

    Only assuming one isn't licensed...and We ARE Licensed to and I assure you that spraying driveway/sidewalk cracks (which is all we do for free as any other spraying is billed) has made us much more in additional customer recommended work than the chump change crack spraying would bring in.:p
  6. Josh18

    Josh18 LawnSite Member
    from AL
    Messages: 64

    I have my lawn care license, but I do not have a license to spray chemicals. This may sound dumb, but how do I get that license, and if you don't mind, how much do you pay for it?
  7. A1 Grass

    A1 Grass LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 330

    Totally agree. That actually should be considered "part of" the weedeating portion of the job.

    2 more cents: NEVER do anything other than Mow, Edge, Blow unless you GET PAID FOR IT. You will establish a pattern that never does you any good. Freebies eventually become expected and not appreciated!
  8. rockandroller

    rockandroller LawnSite Member
    Messages: 121

    I charge for spraying cracks. Mostly just 5 bucks extra. Just enough to cover the small costs of time and materials. Round-up isn't all that cheap!:cool:
  9. ofishil

    ofishil LawnSite Member
    from TX
    Messages: 123

    if its real bad i will charge a little but if not i just spray it and it helps me out the next time by not having to weedeat it. I make sure and ask them though if they mind if I do it. Lets them feel like they are getting somehting for nothing.
  10. Turfdude

    Turfdude LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,899

    We do it as part of the service. BTW, if its glyphosate - its NOT illegal. One of my vehicles was "spot checked" for the tank 2 years ago by a DEP agent. He asked the crew cheif what was in the 2 gal. sprayer. It was roound-up. We received a form that all was compliant. I was surprised beacuse I too thought we should have had both a licensed CPA as well as MSDS, but apparently we didn't.

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