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What do you charge for 1 Acre Fertilizing?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by jccordes2, Mar 9, 2005.

  1. jccordes2

    jccordes2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 124

    What are the best ways to charge customers for fertilizing?
    for first application, I.E crabgrass preventer/ weed control.
    I know what our bottom line is and what we need to make. but just looking for advice from the Pro's here.
    what percent do you mark up the products its self?
    cost per hour?

    thanks in advance for any good methods!!

  2. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,969


    Don't ask WANT to Charge. ASK yourself what does it COST to the job including Direct and Indirect cost.

    If you know your costs and add a profit you will be sucessful on every bid. Now sure you will be low balled and not get all jobs. But the sucess is the fact you didn't lose money on that job.
  3. jccordes2

    jccordes2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 124

    I am just looking for a round about figure? what would you charge the customer?
    of course there's hills, trees, an etc. but about a total of 1 acre of fertilizable grass.
  4. green with envy

    green with envy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 219

    How much does all your stuff cost you for that one acre? Include insurance vehicles etc... How long will it take you to do it??? ?Add how much you charge per hour. How much do you need to make to turn a profit multiply that by a percentage... 10%,15% 20% 25% 40% 50%..... Then you have what you want to bid.

    Hope that helps..

  5. Williams Services

    Williams Services LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 269

    Jeff, I think what Ric is saying is that you need to first find out what your cost is going to be. That should be easy enough. After that, follow the advice that he and Mike have given you ... prices are going to vary pretty wildly across the country. And this is, after all, an international forum. So what I would charge may hurt you, etc.
  6. cemars

    cemars LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 387

    Well said, you may not have gotten the answer you expected Jeff but these guys know what they are talking about.
  7. MIDWEST25

    MIDWEST25 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 97

    150 to 175 will turn a profit
  8. kipcom

    kipcom LawnSite Senior Member
    from indiana
    Messages: 352

    To answer his question:

    This totally depends on your market and your business aspect, these figures are from the area we serve.

    Per acre fertilizing w/weed control (dry) 90-125 pa
  9. lawn king

    lawn king LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,408

    Figure out the cost per sq. ft. then you figure profit, add the two together and you can develop a sq. ft. price you can use for lawn care sales, discount a little bit on the larger accts. if you want to stay competitive.

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