How to bid for dethatching?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by IRISH, Sep 6, 2000.

  1. IRISH

    IRISH LawnSite Member
    Messages: 46

    I need to know how i should charge for dethatching
    Should I charge by the hour or by the sq. ft.??
    I will be using a ryan reno-thin dethatcher
    Any feedback would help.

  2. UrbanEarth

    UrbanEarth LawnSite Member
    Messages: 142

    In my experience, most customers will want to know a per sqft amount. I would figure out how much time it will take you to do an average lawn and base your price on that. If someone has a larger lawn, then you say that it is an extra $X/1000sq ft.
  3. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,492

    We charge 10 to 12 dollars per 1000 sq. ft.. That's with removal.
  4. Twotoros

    Twotoros LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 494

    I don't thatch any longer -unless needed. My last price 2-4 years ago was 17.50/1000 with 60$ min. which included mow and trim after I raked up. Most lawns around here don't get a thatch problem . However alot of people think they need it . I usually can talk them into areation instead.We have to thatch early and I find it too wet then , by the time it is drier the lawn is no longer dorment. Besides I enjoy a good root canal over a dethatch any day. If I was to do it now (2001) I would charge 22.50/k.
  5. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,480

    last season i charged 12.00/1000 w/clean up haul away
    and its the last yr i did it .to much work.
    try talking them into core aeration,you make more money and less work.

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