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How Many Accounts Per Applicator?

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by jtq0919, Jul 31, 2012.

  1. jtq0919

    jtq0919 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    Hey guys,

    just wondering how many accounts each one of your applicators is responsible for. Currently I have about 215 accounts that one applicator takes care of. I am managing and doing sales and doing applications on Saturdays typically while my applicator does apps during the week. Just wondering what some of the larger companies are doing. Thanks
     
  2. Mscotrid

    Mscotrid LawnSite Bronze Member
    from USA
    Messages: 1,456

    Loaded question, more important would be how much square footage can a applicator maintain. That will be determined by type of application equipment and tightness of route. 1 guy should easily be able to maintain 3.5 million square feet. Like I mentioned though application equipment and property type has influence on his production. Large commercial versus residential.
     
  3. jtq0919

    jtq0919 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    as of now we are doing a little over 90 acres, mostly residential but quite a few condominium complexes and commercial buildings as well. We use a z-max to spray and fert.
     
  4. Shegardi

    Shegardi LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 201

    it also matters how close the properties are together, closer is WAY more productive
     
  5. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,562

    About 460 customers, around 3.6 million sqft. Averaging about 60 miles driven per day.

    With a hard-pushing company it could be closer to 600 customers per round, and 4.8 million sqft for one man. Working 55 hours per week.
     
  6. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,228

    One guy working 460 customers? Seems balls to walls.
    I guess yes it is the sq ft that counts tho.
     
  7. Brett Thomas

    Brett Thomas LawnSite Member
    Messages: 83

    On the z max always think of the smallest place you have take the machine. As far as amount of turf I take care of in excess of 200 acres. 136 acres of that is hoa homes/condos with most having 6k lawns. We need another applicator horribly but until the fall guess its 60+ hr weeks for me.
     
  8. inzane

    inzane LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,478

    when working at TruBrown.. have had over 600 on a route.. not sure of an actual number, it was long ago. though, average lawn was around 5k sq. ft.. and super close together, on a good day i could go in a neighborhood and have 30 knocked out in 5 or 6 hours by myself.. doing everything i was supposed to do. i usually had very few callbacks, with low amount of service calls. i took over a rural route towards the end, huge lawns, avg lawn was usually atleast an acre or more, would be lucky if i got 5 of them in a day it was so spread out.. and of course... push spread all of them. no ride on. was a 2 hour ride from the shop to the farthest point of route . good times.


     
  9. WestGaPineStraw

    WestGaPineStraw LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 765

    I have 3 techs, they each do 4 million sq ft per round, 400-500 accounts each. All three have ride ons for granular apps. They work 40-50 hours a week.
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  10. Hissing Cobra

    Hissing Cobra LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 705

    When I used to work for the Lawn Company of Cape Cod, I had 440+ lawns that I had to fertilize in a 6 week period. My route was broken down in 3 ways, which included the number of customers, number of lawns, and total square footage. Each number was divided by 6 and that gave me 3 goals to hit on a daily basis. Thus, my daily number might read 14 lawns for $1,050.00 and 101,000 sq. ft. If I hit 2 of those goals every day, I would finish my route on time. I tried to hit all 3 goals everyday and that would reduce my goals for the following week. Sometimes, I'd be in a trailer park and I would be able to do 26 - 30 lawns for $1,175.00 but the square footage would be 77,000 sq. ft. Other times, I would be in a residential part of town and I would do 13 lawns for $890.00 and 114,000 sq. ft. At the end of the first week, the goals were reset and the numbers remaining would be divided by 5, thus lowering the goals. This would happen at the end of each week and I had times where I finished all of those lawns in 5 weeks and had another week to spare. In those instances, I would have to go into someone else's route and help out.

    I did not have a Ride-On Spreader and pushed everything with a Lesco 80# spreader or sprayed everything with my 300 gallon tank. I averaged about 50 hours per week.
     
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2012

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