Thoughts on pricing

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Bryan McMullen, Jan 15, 2001.

  1. Bryan McMullen

    Bryan McMullen LawnSite Member
    Messages: 46

    I found this sight 3 nights ago and have been on it everey night since reading information.I cant believe how helpful this is.I was wanting to share some of my pricing with you guys and see how it compares.
    overseeding 35.00 per 1000 sqft
    aerating 40.00 first 1000 7.00 for everey 1000 after.
    fertilizing 25.00 for the first 1000 and 4.00for everey 1000 after.
    Thanks for any info_Oh I allmost forgot,what about dethatching its a guessing game for me. it
  2. 1st impressions

    1st impressions LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    Welcome Bryan.

    In Illinois the general rule of thumb for aerating is
    21/2 times cutting rate.If you feel your cutting rate is
    low, go to 3x. I charge between $60-$80 fot an average
    size lot.

    Your rate on fertilization seems high to me.You would
    charge $53 for an 8,000 sq. ft. lot. If you can get it
    more power to you.

    Dethatching is a different beast.Best way to go is to
    take your hourly rate and increase it. Measure the yard to get the sq. ft. It takes approx. 1 hr. to machine rake 11,000 sq.ft. and approx. 1 hr. to bag 8000 sq.ft.. The toughest part is trying to figure out how much grass you will take with you.

    Not as much competition so cover your ass with your price.We charge $35 per man hr. plus $35 fix cost for the
    dethathing machine.$2.25 per bag of grass. Average house
    is approx. $200-$250.

    Good luck
  3. Mark

    Mark LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 723

    Bryan your prices seem to be ok to me. 40 dollars for 1st thousand then 7 every after, Plus your cost on seed or whatever your putting down averages around 160 dollars per average yd 10k. Plus it doesn't take very long to seed. If you feel you need to make a better profit add on to equip-use.

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