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Overseeding without charge?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by stevenf, Jan 24, 2008.

  1. stevenf

    stevenf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,612

    I helped a friend move yesterday and noticed they were throwing away a 100lb push spreader (its works perfect). Since then I have been researching on overseeding so I could mabey add it as a service before the season starts.
    Then I thought about doing it without asking the customer. If I get an account in a nice neighborhood, I wouldnt mind buying a bag or two for the front yard just to make it look good (good advertisement).
    So, What are the outcomes of overseeding without scalping? Will I still get good results? Do you think it is worth the money to try and get other customers?
  2. GravelyGuy

    GravelyGuy LawnSite Silver Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 2,548

    Definitly not worth it IMO. The customers will not water and you will not notice a difference especially if you just throw down the seed without slicing or aerating. I am thinking about droping overseeding as a service all together because people are to damn stupid and lazy to water.

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    Have you checked the price of seed? No way would I give it away for free like this.

    You'd be better off spending the money on real advertising.
  4. NC Greenscaper

    NC Greenscaper LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 446

    Can you start with my yard
  5. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Former Moderator
    Messages: 6,073

    Heck no......
  6. Whitey4

    Whitey4 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,448

    stephen, I am glad you live in another state. I hope you don't have any relatives runnin around up here. STOP working for free, or at a LOSS already!
  7. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,297

    You are sorta on the right track with the overseeding thing. You can get a lot of extra cuts out of using rye. And it wouldn't be a bad idea if the customer agrees and has irrigation. We essentiall strip it to ground for very small amount and then charge them for the seed.... and fertilize 4 times. All that stopped in our area this year city donesn't want water wasted on it.
  8. mnickison

    mnickison LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    I wouldnt do anything without the customer's consent. If youre spending time and money on a project, you should be payed for it. Sell the service. If they want a good looking yard, I'm sure they would be willing to spend the extra money.
  9. Armadillolawncare

    Armadillolawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 570

    If the seed doesn't get watered daily you won't get much germination. The good rye by me costs about a buck a pound or 50.00 per bag. Thats not cheap to be donating to a customers yard. That also does not include the fert you will need to get this stuff growing good and not looking thin. I have already put down 2 rounds of fert with one or two more to go. I disagree with GravelyGuy though regarding broadcasting the seed. If you cut the existing grass as low as you can and then broadcast the seed you can get good results. I always plan on seeding thin spots a second time about a month after the initial seeding. I do that with broadcsast seeding or when I have used a slit seeder.

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