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Does anybody know what truegreen charges for core aeration?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by GREENITUP, Aug 11, 2009.


    GREENITUP LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 270

    I would have posted this in another forum - but my aeration competition is True-Brown, so I thought you guys may have a better idea. Getting ready to fire up the Plugr next month and am wondering if I'm charging enough. About 95% of the time, I overseed @ 4lb/1,000 fescue and have worked that into the price. So - setting that part aside, anybody know what the competitions rate is? Thanks...
  2. LawnoftheMonth

    LawnoftheMonth LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 356

    they charge double the application price to aerate.
  3. nc-jrock

    nc-jrock LawnSite Member
    from NC
    Messages: 133

    Do you know what there normal application price is? (per 1000 K )

    LIBERTYLANDSCAPING LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 1,283

    In our area, it varies GREATLY! From so cheap, you know they are not doing everything they are charging for, to so expensive you can't beleive anyone would sign up!:dizzy:
  5. LawnoftheMonth

    LawnoftheMonth LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 356

    it's different from region to region. to aerate a 0-2000sq ft lawn here would be ~75.00 and it goes up 10.00 per 1000 sqft after that.
  6. tlg

    tlg LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 651

    Basing anything you do or price by what TGCL does is sure to leave you in trouble. It's always great to have an idea what the going rate is to be competitive, using TGCL as a benchmark for your pricing is really not the best company to measure yourself against. Far to often the pricing for anything they do is pulled out of thin air. You will know if your pricing is right by how many aeration's you sell. If you lose a job to them, ask the customer you quoted what TGCL will do it for and go from there. JMO
  7. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    I can bouch for the "anything they do is pulled out of thin air" part. When I used them I was quoted a price per application baesed off the size of the property; which was OK.

    The following spring I had expanded the garden 10' out and 50' wider so thats 500 SQ FT less and I gave them a call to adjust the price. I was told there was a mistake in their price and I was paying for exactly 500 SQ FT less then what I actually should have been paying all along :hammerhead:

    That was right around the time I signed up here, wasn't long after that they did one more app for me and POOF :drinkup:
  8. hughmcjr

    hughmcjr LawnSite Member
    from Oregon
    Messages: 183

    IMO everyone charges way too little for aeration. I don't do it as a mainstay or try to compete as the market here doesn't demand it even though we are clay soil capital of the US.

    It isn't a normal part of maintenance or herbicide/fertilizing programs unless one has it set up that way. I rent the machine since I don't do that much of it, but I won't aerate anyones lawn for less than 125.oo and that is even for a small lawn 1k sq ft. I don't rake or haul the cores off either, but I do include fertilizing with it. If I owned the machine I might be inclined to charge the same or more since I past on the cost of the rental and now have to maintain that heavy beast. The machines themselves don't have a lot to them, but pounding into ground like that is hard on them, particularly in hard, dry and dusty clay soils. JUst ask rental stores.

    Then you have the possible nasty side affects of using an aerator. Sprinkler heads not marked or dormant, tree roots, concrete/asphalt drives, etc.

    Again, I believe while we give standard lawn maintenance away. Aerating should garner a premium, but I understand in you are in a market that demands a lot of aerating and is competitive.

    I also make sure I go over the lawn at least twice and sometimes more in problem areas, especially when overseeding.

    GREENITUP LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 270

    Thanks for the input. I was just concerned because almost everyone I give a price to accepts with no questions asked. My minimum stop is $95 - up to 3,000sf (that includes 4lbs seed per k).... and goes up for every 500 sf. I just didn't want to be doing a good job on 5,000sf for $x and Truebrown does an ok to poor job for $x+$50.
  10. grassyfras

    grassyfras LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,475

    I just called them. They want $150 for seed and aeration. He said usually they would want $185, but he wants to see me back as a customer. I asked him how much without seed and he said something like $119. I then asked if it included starter fertilizer and he said no, but he'll throw it in for the $150 price. I would say we have 10k of turf.

    I think they just make stuff up and hope the techs figure it out.

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