# No Lesco Near Me

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Green-Cuts, Mar 27, 2006.

1. ### Green-CutsLawnSite Memberfrom Pocatello, IdahoMessages: 154

Hello

I was told that lesco was a good place to get fertilizer but there is not a store in my area. Is there any other place that you can by fertilizer at a contractors price?

Thanks
BJ

2. ### ed2hessLawnSite FanaticMale, from Austin Texas 78727Messages: 14,682

Home Depot sells Lesco close to the same price we get it at Lesco.

3. ### Green-CutsLawnSite Memberfrom Pocatello, IdahoMessages: 154

How much do most of you charge for fertilizer and the application o apply it.
Thanks
BJ

4. ### topsitesLawnSite Fanaticfrom Richmond VirginiaMessages: 21,653

Here's methods I use (depending on situation):
Minimum: 50 dollars + cost of supplies

More than 1 job? Good, combine the trip to Home Depot and pick up all the stuff for everybody. This is my favorite because I charge each customer 15 dollars for delivery and I try to get 3 or more (my goal is 30 / delivery, with 2 customers I break even, with 3 I get 45 dollars for the same trip to Home Depot).

If it's just one job, 20 dollars for delivery (but I prefer 3+ at 15 each, even 2 is cool at 15 each it feels more even).
Yes, in this case I'd rather get 30 dollars (total) for 2 customers than 20 dollars for 1 customer.
Plus cost of supplies.

Then, 50 dollars / hour to spread, and here's my math:
If I bust tail, I can spread 2 bags every 5 minutes, so I charge about 2 dollars / bag for spreading.

Wait... That's 60 / 5 = 12 x 2 = 24 x 2 = 48 dollars hour, ok close enough, 2 dollars / bag to spread.

Now if I only get a few bags of stuff and I get it all spread out in like 15 minutes or so, I feel bad about charging 50 + 20 delivery and might give a break but always minimum 50 (no less than 50 for labor + delivery).

At the same rate, if it's 14 bags of stuff and it takes me 35 minutes to spread it, I'm quick to charge 50 labor + 20 delivery + cost of supplies because that's 560 pounds of material I have to load onto a cart, then load into the trailer and finally unload it into my spreader - I just humped 1680 pounds of material, not to mention pushing it out through the yard.

5. ### topsitesLawnSite Fanaticfrom Richmond VirginiaMessages: 21,653

For fertilizer, here's some simple stuff I use:

For starter ferts, \$4.50 for 10-10-10, 6 bags / acre (so 2 / quarter and third, 3 for half, etc).
For regular fert, \$5.50 for Super 16-4-8, also 6 / acre.
Careful, Super16 is a 33 pound bag, not 40 - But pound for pound and dollar for dollar, super16 is better than 10-10-10 for anything except seed starter.

You can go 8 bags / acre but you start to risk burning the lawn. One bag covers 5k sq. feet, but I take no chances.

Anytime I fertilize, I ALWAYS spread an equal amount of lime (so if 4 bags of fert, then 4 bags of lime also) because the use of lime literally doubles the effect of the fertilizer at a cost of \$3.50 per bag of lime +2 to spread: on an acre lot, 35 dollars doubles the effect.
(yes, 35 dollars = supplies + labor, the delivery is already figured in).

Thanks
Pat..

7. ### Green-CutsLawnSite Memberfrom Pocatello, IdahoMessages: 154

I am doing an organic fertilizer that I can get for \$6.00 s bsg that does 4000 sq feet. I was thinking of charging \$15.00 for the fertilizer and then another \$15 to put it on. Is that to low or about right?

Thanks
BJ

8. ### Tom c.LawnSite Memberfrom north jerseyMessages: 218

I mark up a third on each bag, to cover gas et so if you can get a bunch at once and save gas. Then charge a application fee, I use an hourly labor rate when not using any power equipment.