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knalawnsnow
04-08-2010, 11:12 PM
i had 3 people come up to me while mowing earlier this week and ask me what i would charge to roll their lawn. anyone have any ideas on how to charge for this. all the lawns are .33 acre.

picframer
04-09-2010, 05:11 AM
Are you doing it by hand or behind a tractor/machine? I work it out so that we are charging $65.00 an hour, in this case I would charge around $50.00 for .33 of an acre, we have various size rollers however we pull them behind a garden tractor.

knalawnsnow
04-09-2010, 09:30 AM
yes i will be towing behind a tractor i have three rollers a 24" a 36is and a 48

Steve
04-10-2010, 06:32 AM
When they come up to you asking for such a service, do you find you can get an opening and upsell them on lawn service as well as other services?

knalawnsnow
04-10-2010, 07:01 PM
Yea 2 of the rolling customers mentioned having me mow and fertilize after rolling and i talked with the other one after giving the quote and got him for mowing as well!!!

Steve
04-11-2010, 09:25 AM
Are you promoting lawn rolling in your area? If a few customers are actively coming to you to get this service, there may be many others looking for it, just not knowing where to get it from.

knalawnsnow
04-11-2010, 04:10 PM
No I wasnt initally promoting lawn rolling as one of my service but i have now added it as I have 5 more people want it as well as a couple other things that I didnt intend on having as part of my business but since there has been so many requests and the money is good i will be adding them now. have to buy some additional equipment but the income from these jobs has more than offset the cost of the equipment.

Steve
04-12-2010, 08:46 AM
What else did you have to buy?

knalawnsnow
04-13-2010, 01:02 AM
i bought an core aerator and a dethatcher i also rented a sod cutter to re-sod a front yard.

Steve
04-13-2010, 10:19 AM
I know a lot of forum members consider this but when do you feel it is worthwhile purchasing such equipment versus renting it?

knalawnsnow
04-13-2010, 01:19 PM
the sod cutter i would not purchase unless i had very many sod jobs, they are just to expensive, even used. the other stuff i got as part of a lawn equip package deal off craigslist (2006 dixie chopper 60" with 500 hrs 6x12 trailer fold down gate trimmer blower racks and lanscape box dethatcher and 48" core aerator for $3000) i have had alot of request for aeration and dethatching so they would definately be worth purchasing

Steve
04-14-2010, 09:25 AM
Oh good job! Did you happen to ask the seller why they were selling? Were they getting out of the business? Any reason why?