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How would you price this?? (2 pircesplease)

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Orkin Yards, May 5, 2002.

  1. Orkin Yards

    Orkin Yards LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 256

    I did a job and had a complaint about the price, i'll desbribe it.....

    We (2 men) were at the house from (3:50-7:30 one day and for another 30 min the next) it consisted of pulling some ivy off of a wall, cutting crawling vine out of 2 windows and trimming it off of a wall, cutting back approx 7 azzalias from chest height to waist height and fertalizing, trimming 10 5 ft tall holly's, then clean-up just to give you an idea of the size of the yard, this is an $85 yard when we mow....


    what would you charge to fertalize an $85 yard if i use 1.5 11,000 sq ft bags that cost me 16/per bag.....

  2. strickdad

    strickdad LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 544

    i get close to the cost of the mowing job to install the fert. in your case 70.00 to 85.00 $
  3. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,810

    How does $85 give us an idea of the size of the yard?

    If 1 bag treats 11,000 and you are using 1.5 bags.. I would expect and hope the yard is 16,500 square feet?????

    If they were on a program I would charge $50 per application.. $65 for one time.

    Sounds like your clean-up would be around $300-350

    If you are getting $85 to cut 16.5k yard... I commend you!
  4. 2 man crew

    2 man crew LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 403

    We still don't know if this yard is 16k. how do we know the application is being applied at the correct rate?

    As for cutting 16k for $85.00. A fence with a small gate a few too many trees and a steep hill.......I can see $85.00
  5. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,585

    for the cleanup, no less than $320
  6. TGCummings

    TGCummings LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 773

    It's always difficult to price w/o looking at the job, but let's see...

    2 men, 4+ hours @ yourrate/manhour = ?

    If your rate per manhour is $40, the job should be charged at $333.25. This would be the charge if they were a regular lawn care customer. If not, I would charge more or just skip it.

    I would base the fertilizing on the square footage of the property. For 16,000 square (if, in fact, that is what it is) my formulas come up with $102 for fertilizing. However, my market has nothing that large in it so my formulas are based on prices of lawns under 6000 square feet. Adjust accordingly for your market. ;)

    Now, the big question: What did you charge?
  7. Orkin Yards

    Orkin Yards LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 256

    i charted 170 and got a complaint....she bought us krystal and talked to us for i'd say atleast an hour of the time i charge 85 for the fert also....
  8. TGCummings

    TGCummings LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 773

    $170/4 = $42.50/2 = $21.25/manhour.

    That seems low to me for a professional service. A lot of guys around here will charge that, though they're under the table. If she thought that was high, I would very much consider doing no further work for her.

    The $85 for fertilizing sounds about right, though...
  9. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    we sell fert programs, not single apps. the price would be $168.30 x 6 apps
  10. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
    Messages: 3,485

    $83 for the fert.

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