I'm pretty close to JP. I figure what the fertilizer is going to cost, and then I add what it would cost them if I was to do a mowing service on their yard. Now, that all depends on how you are going to spread the fertilizer. If you are using a hand spreader, I'd charge more. If you are using a push type broadcast spreader, about the same as for mowing. If it's a large lot and you have a pull behind broadcast spreader like mine, I usually charge a little less, only because it takes me no time to do it. It all depends on how you're applying it. More work and effort = more money. Most of my fertilizer jobs are from lawn customers. The average lawn is $25. I use Vigoro weed and feed in the spring and it's around $30-$35. So I figure $25 + $30 and come up with $50. Now recently, I had a large, expensive lawn which I used the good Scotts brand on and I also had to use the pull behind broadcast spreader. The fertilizer came to $135 plus tax and I charged $50 to apply it. Last year when I winterized it, I used a hand held spreader and charged $75 to apply it, only because I hadn't purchased the pull behind one yet. In any case, no matter how you do it, just be sure you are making a profit and not breaking even just to get the job. I am the world's worst at under bidding myself of fear of not getting the job.
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