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Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by JTS lawn care, Mar 16, 2003.
i was wondering what to charge for putting down fertilizer.
how much fert. how big of the area
If you don't know then you shouldn't be doing it, or running your own biz.
Seems like a harsh statement to harsh reality, but it's all so true to ask such a vague question.
How much to charge to build a house?
There's the same question, how can anyone answer this question for you?
Lets put a little thought into this question.
I am going to apply fert, the cost of the fert will be $10 for a 50# bag, the bag covers 12,500 sq/ft.
How much should I charge?
Now we still can't answer that question due to different locations and overheads, but we can advise on what we are charging to apply product to a lawn.
I go by product per 1000 sq/ft times 5= my price per 1000 sq/ft that I charge. I also have a minimum of $36, so that's good up till I hit about 9,000 sq/ft.
So how did I do in helping you?
I understand your question. Sometimes you have to spell out every little detail to some people so their brain don't overload and blow a fuse. I just pretty much double the cost of the fertilizer. For instance, I get 10.00 per bag spread. I buy it for 4.25 and the other 5.75 is profit. Not a killing, but I can put out 10 bags in 20 minutes. 10 bags x 5.75 = 57.50 in 20 minutes. Works for me hope it does for you. If you buy really expensive stuff, then you won't be able to double it. I figure around 5 to 7 dollars a bag to spread. If you put out lime, then your profit and business doubles. Good luck.
DOUBLE the price?????????????????
That's it? and 10 bags in 20 min?
I suggest you don't guestimate and write the time down from start to finish. It takes longer than 20 min to apply 10-50# bags of fert. Even on wide open going with a viacon pendulum spreader caring 600# of fert still takes about an hour.
Ah, the birth of a possible scrub!
Do your homework on material prices, hourly costs, equipment costs, insurance costs, profit margins, mark ups. Then develop your own pricing structure.:blob4:
Dont know what your spread rate is but with my drop spreader I can put down a ton per hour. Yesterday 700lbs of lime and 200 lbs of granular fert and areate= 1 1/2 hours. Lime 50lb per thous. Fert. 25 lbs per thous. areate 14000 sqft. Part of a hay field.
I don't use a drop spreader.
I do about 3m per a min.
If I am applying 3# per 1m then I am doing 9# per a min.
9 x 20 = 180#
1 hour that would be 540#
25# of fert per 1000? eh, what the heck are you using?
Lets get back to "real" world situation, not a hay feild that just got slammed with fert.
25#m using 10/20/20 is 2.5 lbs nitrogen per 1000sqft., More than you would put on your lawn I agree but good enough for a hay field. I believe even at 1lb per m nitrogen I can put it out faster than 1 hour as you are suggesting. Maybe the drop spreader is able to drop more than your machine can I dont know.