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HELP! Quick! How much for aeration???

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by cjslawn, Sep 21, 2009.

  1. cjslawn

    cjslawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 30

    I have only done a few aerations, and usually just for friends, so I am not sure of how to figure an accurate quote. I can rent aerator for nothing as I have a family member at a local rental store, so that is not an issue.
    The lawn in question is a standard residential lot with about 6,000 sq. ft., few obstacles and a fence in rear. Customer wants quote for for 1 direction and 2 direction aeration, I suggested he have it done in both directions. I would like start doing more, just not sure how to quote and be competitive. I am located in central IN if that makes a difference. Thanks for the help.
  2. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,632

    Around here the going rate is $20 per 1000 sq/ft of lawn. So $20 x 6 = $120.
  3. SangerLawn

    SangerLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from indiana
    Messages: 736

    We charge 2 and half times the mowing cost. So a $30.00 mowing lawn would cost $75.00 for aeration. We do everything twice making a + pattern in the lawn. anything less really doesn’t do to much.
  4. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,378

    I'm assuming your marketing it as a double pass aeration?
  5. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,645

    i charge double the mowing price, and if i dont cut there yard, i figure out how much i would cut there grass for and double it. i have made a ton of money the past month with this system
  6. silverado212

    silverado212 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 373

    I double my mowing price. Like said above $40 cut = $80 aeration.
  7. mdlwn1

    mdlwn1 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    Do not do a + pattern on 6k ft. The holes combine WAY too often. The same is true on larges areas but becomes less of a factor. Use a diamond or any pattern where the two directions cannot combine.

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