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hydroseeding in idaho....

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by bryanc3po, Jul 6, 2003.

  1. bryanc3po

    bryanc3po LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    I have just started my business and was wondering if any of you have a good mix for fertilizer and what seed and or mix you think would be good for the nothwest...100% paper should be ok....anyones thoughts..thx Bryan
  2. turfquip

    turfquip LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 860

    Hey there Bryan,

    Not sure about recommended grass types for your area, but I might be able to help you get 'focused' on who your optimal customer is likely to be. Optimal for profits that is...

    Because you've started with a small machine (Turfquip TQ-110) its best to remember a few things.

    First, in a sense, you are worth more :) Generally speaking, companies with larger machines don't want to do small jobs.

    So there's an opportunity to step in and do jobs under 3000 s.f. in size. This opportunity allows you to charge way more per square foot than the other guys.

    Me for example...my T-60 doesnt come out of the barn for less than $375. That's one full load at about .075 per s.f. That price pays for transport, cleanup, everything. It's also based on approximately 5000 s.f. per tankful at the 2000 lb. rate.

    You'll be dealing with residential mostly, doing lawn repairs including newly graded areas around swimming pool installs, room additions and the like. If you charged .10/s.f. for that 3000 s.f. job you've beaten my minimum from the customer's perspective and made more profit doing it!

    You can probably get by at a lower rate too (say 1500 lbs.) by emphasizing the need for follow up irrigation by the customer.

    Also think about using a slicer to prep bad spots in otherwise healthy lawns for overshooting with hydro slurry.

    Bottom line...think more $$$ per square foot, focus on smaller jobs. You're a lawn repair specialist now!
  3. bryanc3po

    bryanc3po LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    Thx...I think I ahve found a niche in the land of large jobs....its exciting...thx for all your help...Bryan

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