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Spraying business

Discussion in 'Sports Field Management' started by duer, Dec 11, 2009.

  1. duer

    duer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    I'm the head groundsman in a small school dist. in Washington St.
    I’ve been ask a few times to spray other community owned soccer fields, which I did last year voluntarily. So this gets me thinking, do you guys think there is a violable biss here spraying sports fields? I figure you would take all the hassle we face here in wa. out of spraying, from record keeping to posting. I was thinking I could market to all schools and community fields in this state. We have 295 school dist. alone. I’m not sure if I would set-up a truck ( p.u.) or small say 60 hp tractor? How do you guys think you bid something like this?

  2. duer

    duer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    ;) come on someone on here must know of, or hear of a spraying business
    for sports fields. It wouldn't have to be just pesticides maybe even fertilizers.
  3. Buffalo Turbine

    Buffalo Turbine LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    Just go for it. Wait to long someone else will. Worst case they say no.
  4. foreplease

    foreplease LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,062

    Many of us are not checking in here as often as we do in-season. This is a good time of year to figure these things out. Good luck.

    Below are links to three threads where I and others have chimed in on pricing that might help you.

    Basically, I developed a spreadsheet template that makes it easy and fast to generate an estimate. I answer a couple of questions and it gives me a price to use for the application fee. I use one for sprayed applications and another for spreading granular products. I spent many hours on the templates and have great confidence in it. Typically, the only lines I change are the size of the property and distance from my shop but if I cared to update the price of fuel, the hourly wage I would like to make, or any other components of pricing I could do so.

    These can be set up in whatever way suits you. Mine gives me a figure to use for the application with an empty spreader or water only in the sprayer. I prefer to list materials separately on proposals and invoices.

    Is There a Science to Pricing

    What Is Your Minimum...

    Athletic Fields Pricing on Fertilization
  5. duer

    duer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    Thanks for the info, and links. You really have did your homework on the pricing. Would you be willing to share a few more pricing #'s?

  6. foreplease

    foreplease LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,062

    Possibly...what do you want to know? I can't tell you how long something will take you or how much you want to make, but will try to help. Hopefully you get input from more than me just so you can compare one way of looking at things to another. I'm sure you have your own ideas too.
  7. david bailey

    david bailey LawnSite Member
    Messages: 172

    I use a 50 gallon low water/low pressure system mounted on my gator. easy to pull around to different sites

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