fertilization prices

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by ant, Aug 30, 2000.

  1. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,479

    thinking about up grading my prices what do you think?
    2,500 sf=$10.80/1000sq.ft.
    5,000 sf=$7.40/1000 sq.ft.
    7,500 sf=$6.00/1000 sq.ft.
    10,000 sf=$5.30/1000 sf
    12.5(12,500)= $4.80 m
    6-step program. 1 lime,1 pre-m/fert,1 broadleaf/fert.,3 ferts. total 6 applications
  2. SJR Lawncare

    SJR Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 250

    Do your customers have to sign up for the whole 6 step program? Maybe they should to ensure proper applications, but what if their lawn does not require lime?
  3. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,479

    they sign up for the six step program. it they donot need lime they donot get charged for it,they get billed for 5 steps but there ph better be low seven's to high sixes.
    all of the fert. i use is su urea, so the lawns that are high ph they will soon creeeeep down.

    what do you guys do REFERING to the last post?
  4. NeilG

    NeilG LawnSite Member
    Messages: 63

    Your rates that were listed are pretty much in line with what I have been charging. The only that that I do different, is I have a $35 minimum charge for the first 4,000 sq ft. then I add about $3 per 1k after that. We have an 8 application per year program, but the growing season is longer here, than what you have.
    Broken out, what we do is 2 split apps of prem in the Fall,
    Lime app in the winter, 2 split apps of prem in the Spring and 3 fert apps in the growing season. of course, post emg. weed control as needed anytime.
  5. Scraper

    Scraper LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,656

    Damn Neil! I wouldn't want to be the one mowing the lawns you fertilize! With all that N in the summer season they must grow like wildfire! Even in AL. ;)

    BUSHMASTER LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 519

    Well i don't know about pricing but they sound reasonable
    but some where on line read about a company that is doing the same ammount on a six app. program and doing it in five trips and still charging the same yearly price they have stated that its saves them a lot of money and time yealry
    with the same results. just something to thick about time is money
  7. Meadowbrook

    Meadowbrook LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 467

    Well, as long as I've been doing this and until today, I was never asked this question. I was asked if I can lime early this season rather than in the fall when I usually do. Can I?

    I don't want the lime to affect the Nitrogen levels of my spring applications. Will it? Usually I lime in the fall because it has several months to break down into the grass and by the time the spring application rolls around the lime is pretty well broken down and used up. So, I'm asking for some really quick advice. thanks guys.

  8. turfsurfer

    turfsurfer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 364

    Well that's sure alot better than the flyers that got passed out around here. How does a $25 minimum for up to 5,000 sq ft sound? It gets better, this outfit wants $39 for the range of 10-15k (that's right, same price over a 5k range). Aeration is even better, $30 for up to 8,000 sq ft , then $3 /k after that (did I mention these are 1/2 million dollar homes?). Ant, maybe we should just hire these guys and stay home!
  9. Crabtree

    Crabtree LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    I've been taking the area X .004 for dimension+fert, .003 for momentum spray, and .003 for Target spray for crabgrass. Spraying done as needed.
    Only lime if needed or requested. Aerate seed and starter fert is area x .018.
    After materials, I still make 60+ bucks an hour labor at these rates.
    Does this seem in line with most?
  10. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,479

    WOW! thats an old thread.
    lets see
    20,000 sf lawn x.018 per sf=$360.00 aer/seed/start fert.
    seed 4 lbs/m= 80 lbs @1.49/lb max =$120.00
    fert= 2 bags @12.00 each= $24.00
    labor? 1.5 hrs.x 17.00= $25.50
    total= $169.00- 360=$ 191 net
    crabtree; does not seem like a nice profit..

    how about 500.00?


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