What is your rate per acre for aeration, power raking and cleanup

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by zach5187, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. zach5187

    zach5187 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    What is a recommended price for all this. I am in omaha nebraska. Im not sure what to charge. This is a family friend so i dont wanna over charge. Yet want to make money as well. So be fair so to speak. She wants the entire lot aerated, and then power raked. What is the cost per acre for each service Thanks in advance Zach
  2. BenThere Lawncare

    BenThere Lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 34

    I know im on the cheap side for around here but id say 45 to 50 for the aeration and then 70-75 for the power rake. Most other companies would prbably be higher as most people I do tell me im one of the cheaper people that have done it for them.
  3. stang2244

    stang2244 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 250

    Wow, those prices seem super low. My guess depending on the terrain would be 90-120 for aeration and at least 200-250 for power rakIng.
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  4. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Save her money and add compost to the acre and hold off on the N until after 4 mowings that mulch the clippings...

    Otherwise, charge enough to make a good compost coverage the cheaper option. :)
  5. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
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    my price to aerate an acre is about 389. That is for someone who is on a full fert program with me. If it is a one time job it will be 448
  6. JFGauvreau

    JFGauvreau LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I would be a millionaire if I would come in you area and be able to sell and do 15-20 aeration in a single day LOL

    Around here is way different. 1/3 of acre (average homes) around 2.5k sq/f goes from 40-60$, depending on sloop, trees etc. That's takes me 20-30mins to do.

    A power rake for that same lot would be around 125-175$, it takes literally 15mins to power rake but takes way longer to pick up the thatch after.
  7. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
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    the big money maker is a fall aeration with overseed. I charge an additional 12.5 per thousand for overseedin (on average, depending on the type of seed) But obviously every market is different
  8. stang2244

    stang2244 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 250

    Holy He!l ! I know you're in Boston and costs in general are higher, but what percentage of your customers go for this? That seems really steep...especially considering an acre would only take about 30-40 minutes with a tow behind or ride on. I mean, I know we have to make our money and pay for overhead, but $389 for a little over a half hour? That seems a bit absurd. Even if I'm dealing with one of my more well off customers, I'm not going to jack the price just because "they'll pay it".
  9. JFGauvreau

    JFGauvreau LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,298

    Ya every market is different. Here in Ontario, in Sudbury, the prices for aeration are 3x more than my current city, mostly because they never had any companies offering the service "on the spot" so they have no clue what the price go for.
  10. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,131

    I start at $70 for under 3k, 5k is about $100, 10 k about $175, 20k is about $280. I don't do a set price per sq foot on anything I do. I strongly disagree with set sq foot pricing, as the area increases me price per foot decreases. i have yet to have anyone say no to an aeration, do I have a little bit of wiggle room to play, yes. But even then if the customer prepays (5% discount), veteran (another 5% discount), pays by credit card (2% loss) that 389 job is still going to pay me 343. If it is a job I really wan to get, a nice high profile lawn I'll give them my normal price but tell them I will take an addition % off

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