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fertalize pricing

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Clint, Feb 14, 2002.

  1. Clint

    Clint LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 97

    i just got a call about fertalizing soon and mowing in the future, they said they would get the fert. if i would put it out, how much would you charge for it? its about probably an acre with ok dificulty, its a commercial cake shop or some nonsense like that, anyways, just wanted to get you guys opinions on pricing?

  2. stslawncare

    stslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    from DE
    Messages: 1,484

    first off are u licensed or whatever ur state requires to do this? second what type of spreader do u have, a push? tow? or what?
  3. mowerman90

    mowerman90 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,491

    If someone wants me to fertilize, then they have to use the type of fertilizer I reccommend AND buy it from me. When someone tells me they want me to put down their fertilizer the first thing I think is that these people are cheap and looking to save a buck. It usually results in clumped crap that won't spread correctly. Of course at that point it's "my fault". If it does go down without problems then whatever problem arrises in the future for that lawn is "because you didn't put it down correctly". To these type of people I say "you don't take your own food to a restaurant for them to cook, so don't ask me to put down your fertilizer".
  4. Clint

    Clint LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 97

    good god you guys are vicious
  5. 1grnlwn

    1grnlwn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,261

    The non-paying months are always the worst.
  6. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    Check with your state regulations. Here in Kansas you don't need to be licensed to spread fertilizer, just pesticides.

  7. I have an hourly rate so would just figure a time estimate on any job requested. I also have a minimum charge for extra's like this, even when I'm already on site and doing other paying work. If I make a seperate trip for this alone you should set a minimum charge. I don't know what you will use to spread it, or how long it takes to do a lot your size because my lots run 1.8-2.5k sq ft ., so based on my rate of $45hr for labor w/o power equipment
    1. Allready on site= 20 min @45hr $15
    2. Seperate trip = minimum charge $30
    By the way, I would pass on this job myself also, way too much potential for trouble. Remember the guy who takes his own eggs to the resturant to be cooked.......:rolleyes:

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