seeding 20,000 open lawn

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by ant, Aug 23, 2005.

  1. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,466

    a client lost her back lawn. it is 20,000 sf all open.
    i plan on seeding it at a rate of 8 lbs. per m (almost bare soil)

    it's going to take 160 lbs of seed at a cost of $160.00.

    $45/1000 to cheap?
    i will be using leaco renavator to seed.
  2. what seed are you using?

    going to areate?

    Apply any fertilizer?

    Are their weeds growing that need to be killed?

    Doing a soil test?

    Applying lime?, dolomitic or calicitic?

    Correcting any nutrient problems in soil?
  3. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,466

    1. trophy
    2. yes but not included in the seeding price.
    3. same as above.(going to start a program in the back)
    4. annual weeds.
    5. yes at my expense.
    6,7, at the owner expense (fertilization program)

    thanks ant
  4. cp

    cp LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 263

    The only thing I don't like is "at my own expense". Is this warranty?

    We ARE in this for a profit. Right?
  5. So, ant, what are you planning on charging the customer for 1-4?

    I think applying 8 lbs of seed with a slit seeder at $45/m is high!

    I would aerify, seed (blue tag, at new lawn rate), apply organic base fertilizer ( ~ 2lbs/m of n, 1lbs/m of p, and 1.75lbs/m of k [sop]) for $900.00

    GREENITUP LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 274

    Ant - The answer to your question is NO!!! $900 (if my math is right) for the work you describe is not cheap - in fact, I would advise your customer to grab the ankles because you are breaking it off in him! Not to say you wont do a great job or get excellent results.... but it shouldn't take more than a couple of hours with the right equipment..... Do you clear this much with all of your jobs like this? If so, can you send a few customers my way? :laugh:
  7. lawnservice

    lawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 589

    answering pricing questions is always tough because we all work/live in different areas/markets throughout the country.

    $45/1000 is CHEAP!!!
    our charge for slice seeding is $70/1000
    that includes labor, seed, fert.

    we are also located in the northeast (new england, so slightly more north than Ant in Jersey)
  8. philk17088

    philk17088 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 17,386

    Amen brother! You know that you will have to go back and touch up and that costs money. If you where tractoring it maybe that would be a good price but not with a walk behind renovator!

    GREENITUP LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 274

    My bad. You guys are right about different rates in different areas of the country. When I think about a 20K "all open" lawn, I think about how long that would take to do and how hard it might be. Ant - how long do you estimate it will take you to do the job?
  10. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    That's what ours goes for. $70 per M including starter fert. I may even come back and hit it again in two to 3 weeks.

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