Slit Seed Help..

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Mrk'sLawn, Apr 24, 2006.

  1. Mrk'sLawn

    Mrk'sLawn LawnSite Member
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    I received a call today from a customer who wants slit seeding done. My problem is I have never done this.. I guess my question is, how hard is this to do? Can I screw up this guys lawn for the summer if I do it wrong? Also, What are the basic steps involved? I did a search but I need some advice fast I have to call him tomorrow. Thanks for helping a rookie..:usflag:
  2. mike lane lawn care

    mike lane lawn care LawnSite Bronze Member
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  3. eruuska

    eruuska LawnSite Senior Member
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    It ain't tough. Call around rental stores and find out who's got a slit seeder. I get $24/1000 sf to slit seed an existing lawn, with a $100 minimum. I typically try to apply about 2-3 lb of seed/1000 sf when applying a mix of KBG/Fescue/Rye.

    Doesn't take long to do, and isn't terribly hard. Try it once, keep track of your seed costs and usage, rental costs, as well as your labor, then you can tweak your price so you get a decent markup and return on your time.
  4. Mrk'sLawn

    Mrk'sLawn LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for your help! I think this may be something I can handle with out too much trouble :clapping: :clapping:
  5. Killswitch

    Killswitch LawnSite Senior Member
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    Renting a slit seeder might be a challenge.
  6. eruuska

    eruuska LawnSite Senior Member
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    I've never had trouble forming the words "I'd like to rent a slit seeder, please" :cool2:
  7. Dweezil

    Dweezil LawnSite Member
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    Killswitch is probebly right for this area, I've been in rental for 8 years now and can only suggest places that might have one, I can't name one rental store that I know has one.
  8. wannaquitmydayjob

    wannaquitmydayjob LawnSite Member
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    Can't find slit seeders? Have you actually TRIED forming the words "can I rent a slit seeder please"? Home depot doesn't rent them but most independent rental co.s do
  9. Mrk'sLawn

    Mrk'sLawn LawnSite Member
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    Around here we have Drake's Rental and I think one called Taylor Rental.. Anyway , It was a kickback from a LawnChem acquaintance. He told me they can't do anymore slit seed jobs they're booked.. I was thinking of charging between 6 and 10 cnts sq ft.. This sound about right? After a figure out seed cost and rental + labor I should be able to get the job done in a hour or two..

    Thanks again
  10. eruuska

    eruuska LawnSite Senior Member
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    Hmmmm..... that comes to between $60 and $100 per 1000 sf. Seems kinda high if you ask me. But hey, if you can get it, payup more power to you!

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