Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Property Management Forums > Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job

Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job
If you need help coming up with a bid for a lawn care, landscaping, tree cutting or irrigation job, post the specifics here and pictures of the job site. If you are looking to learn about bidding, review the jobs posted here.

Fertizing pricing question


Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job

If you need help coming up with a bid for a lawn care, landscaping, tree cutting or irrigation job, post the specifics here and pictures of the job site. If you are looking to learn about bidding, review the jobs posted here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 12-26-2011, 04:24 PM
stevef1201 stevef1201 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 1,236
Rep Power: 7
stevef1201 is on a distinguished road
Default Fertizing pricing question

what would you consider a good price for fertilizing lawns, I want to add this as an extra but am a little uneasy about pricing. I can get 15000 sf of fertilizer for about 34 bucks. Am looking for an idea on price per 1000 sf.
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 12-26-2011, 04:30 PM
thegroundscrew's Avatar
thegroundscrew thegroundscrew is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Bellevue, WA (425) - 15 minutes from Seattle (206, my city's filthy)
Posts: 141
Rep Power: 4
thegroundscrew is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
It all depends on the current market and what your competitors in the area are charging.
It also depends on how much you want to make percentage wise.
Remember to take in all the factors such as cost to drive down there, how long per square feet it takes you to apply the fertilizer, the location, etc.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 12-26-2011, 04:51 PM
mark123's Avatar
mark123 mark123 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Pennsyltucky
Posts: 1,402
Rep Power: 8
mark123 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by stevef1201 View Post
what would you consider a good price for fertilizing lawns, I want to add this as an extra but am a little uneasy about pricing. I can get 15000 sf of fertilizer for about 34 bucks. Am looking for an idea on price per 1000 sf.
$34 for 60lbs of fertilizer is really expensive on the wholesale side. You should be able to get it for around $19 in small quantities and $15 in larger quantities.

This is another one of those jobs where my formula includes a per 1000 sq ft price plus a stop charge.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 12-26-2011, 06:38 PM
TiedemanLLC TiedemanLLC is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 226
Rep Power: 4
TiedemanLLC is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by stevef1201 View Post
what would you consider a good price for fertilizing lawns, I want to add this as an extra but am a little uneasy about pricing. I can get 15000 sf of fertilizer for about 34 bucks. Am looking for an idea on price per 1000 sf.
What type of fertilizer are you going to use?
__________________
Twitter
Facebook
LinkedIn
Website
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 12-26-2011, 07:14 PM
Ducke's Avatar
Ducke Ducke is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: The Duck Pond
Posts: 844
Rep Power: 0
Ducke is on a distinguished road
Default

Not sure how your market is but here is what I do.

Measure the property for accurate Sq Footage then add in any oddities or difficulties.
I can get a 25kg bag of Fert for approx $20.00 a bag.
A bag will do me approx 4500 to 5500 SQ Foot lawn depending on my spread rate.
It takes me approx 2-7 min (Unload and load up spreader) to fertilize a lawn depending on Oddities and Difficulties.

So for a simple example let say a
4500 SQ Foot lawn needing a heavy fert with no Oddities or difficulties I would charge $45.00
$20.00 for fert $7.00 for overhead/expenses (gas,wear and tear etc.) $18.00 for 5 min of my time.

Now depending on how fast or slow you can fert you will need to adjust your rate.
I have been Ferting for way to many years, before working for myself I worked for weed-man and that is a great training ground for speed and hopper load estimating, We worked on production so the more we did the more we made so route layout was important and you don't want to overload your spreader because it extra weight to push around and that slows you down. On off and on to the next lawn 30 to 40 lawns a day is the norm. But there is one thing that is missing in the weed-man formula Quality you need to slow down a bit to give quality so with my company I aim for 10-20 and day depending on size etc etc..

Fertilizer seems like a simple enough job but there are a few aspects to it.
Good luck
Graham
AKA: Ducke
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 12-26-2011, 07:43 PM
thegroundscrew's Avatar
thegroundscrew thegroundscrew is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Bellevue, WA (425) - 15 minutes from Seattle (206, my city's filthy)
Posts: 141
Rep Power: 4
thegroundscrew is on a distinguished road
Default

Thanks for the great advice Ducke. There really is a lot more to estimating a fertilization job.

How did you like working for weed-man?

Any other advice you can offer us?
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 12-26-2011, 08:26 PM
Ducke's Avatar
Ducke Ducke is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: The Duck Pond
Posts: 844
Rep Power: 0
Ducke is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by thegroundscrew View Post
Thanks for the great advice Ducke. There really is a lot more to estimating a fertilization job.

How did you like working for weed-man?

Any other advice you can offer us?
Weed-man was alright , The company overall has got so big that it is very difficult to make fast changes to go along with the times. But it was a great place to learn and get paid good to do it.
My big problem with the franchise I was with was the new owner. He seems more interested in $$$$$ then anything else. People are just a commodity to him, Quantity is more important then Quality and customers were just #'s.
Don't get me wrong there is nothing wrong with making money, But you can make money and offer a quality product and quality service. A happy staff is a productive staff and that is how I make money.
Weed-man , Nutri-Lawn etc. big box franchises are having a hard time adapting to the new NO PESTICIDE laws. They have depended on high Nitrogen ferts to produce a green lawn and massive amounts of pesticides to keep them bug and disease free, But now this won't work and they are scrambling to come up with a way to survive in the new world of lawn care.
but they are so big and clumsy that they can't change like a small outfit like us can. Its kind of like trying to change a 18 wheeler into a smart car.Not so easy . Its like a David and Goliath and we all know how that turned out don't we.
Keeping your company small and flexible and keeping on top of industry trends and not relying on one product to survive is KEY to surviving the next few years.
I also don't think it take a brain scientist to see that organic lawn care is the future and herbicides and pesticides are going the way of the dinosaur.
We need to think GREEN
Green Product
Green Grass.
Green Money.

Graham
aka: Ducke
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 01-03-2012, 12:14 PM
camigda camigda is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: denver
Posts: 9
Rep Power: 8
camigda
Default agree with Ducke

I sure hope Ducke is correct about the pesticides going away! I have been trying to convince my clients to go organic for around 5 years now. To me it seems the drawback is in weed-prevention with organics, they just don't seem to work. Perhaps someone can clue me in on an organic weed preventer that works? My business is small and flexible so I'd really love to make the switch completely! Also, I can't and don't believe the claims that regular fertilizer is safe for animals after the dust settles! That's a load of crap (imo).
__________________
cmig
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 01-03-2012, 12:21 PM
mark123's Avatar
mark123 mark123 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Pennsyltucky
Posts: 1,402
Rep Power: 8
mark123 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by camigda View Post
... Also, I can't and don't believe the claims that regular fertilizer is safe for animals after the dust settles! That's a load of crap (imo).
What are you basing this on?
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 01-03-2012, 02:32 PM
Ducke's Avatar
Ducke Ducke is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: The Duck Pond
Posts: 844
Rep Power: 0
Ducke is on a distinguished road
Default

Well as for the pesticide issue I can tell you this it is now totally ban on the cosmetic use of lawn pesticides in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Ontario and Quebec. Some were around 154 municipalities plus. So it is only a matter of time and the rest will follow.
I like that idea of Organic care and it dose work, But it is expensive and time consuming. In time as the practise becomes more wide spread the cost will come down but that will take a few years so in the mean time we need to adapt and experiment with new products and hope for the best. Sarritor, Beat Juice, Fiesta and Corn Gluten are just a few of the product that have been used all with less then desired results.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Need help on Pricing poohbutt630 Starting a lawn care business. 2 09-04-2011 11:53 AM
Pricing Question bdlawncare Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 3 04-16-2011 12:22 PM
Help with Pricing a Job bpet75 Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 3 11-06-2009 08:03 AM
I Need Help Pricing This One! temeculagrassgators Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 15 08-13-2009 08:48 PM
Job Pricing bcnj Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 2 06-12-2007 07:18 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Correct me if I'm wrong...
SGL1
Yesterday 02:41 PM
Today 09:20 AM
by SGL1
5 81
I'm Back With The Best...
aduttonater
02-21-2015 12:41 AM
Today 08:11 AM
by Just for Cuts
60 2,602
Get Help
JohnMartin
Today 04:14 AM
Today 04:14 AM
by JohnMartin
0 33
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
Yesterday 09:46 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
61 5,350
Lawn Care Service in...
Friscobob
04-24-2015 03:33 PM
Yesterday 06:37 PM
by Friscobob
3 134
Buying contracts /...
greenscaper123
Yesterday 04:46 PM
Yesterday 04:46 PM
by greenscaper123
0 46
what's the big deal...
Tony317
04-25-2015 02:19 PM
Yesterday 12:08 PM
by SGL1
2 98
New company in Michigan
SEM
04-24-2015 09:27 PM
Yesterday 05:18 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
3 99
Total yard rehab
SGL1
04-23-2015 03:59 PM
04-25-2015 08:25 PM
by SGL1
7 195
mowing pic
joshlawncare
04-25-2015 12:34 PM
04-25-2015 08:09 PM
by avetslawncare
1 89
Big (to me) mulch job
tl757
04-23-2015 05:32 PM
04-25-2015 08:01 PM
by avetslawncare
7 208
Newb Question - Multiple...
DependiLawn
04-24-2015 11:36 PM
04-24-2015 11:36 PM
by DependiLawn
0 75
maintandlawndispatch...
SGL1
04-21-2015 03:31 PM
04-24-2015 04:42 PM
by Steve
9 244
Thoughts on Undocumented...
element009
09-25-2011 11:08 AM
04-23-2015 09:32 PM
by Chilehead
56 15,538
Hello Everyone
DesignsByBnC
04-22-2015 04:07 PM
04-23-2015 02:19 PM
by DesignsByBnC
2 125
The upcoming rainy...
5StarLawnscaping
04-21-2015 01:22 PM
04-23-2015 12:54 PM
by Steve
7 222
color fliers?
holymoly
04-18-2015 02:32 PM
04-23-2015 12:50 PM
by Steve
12 391
WARNING! Especially to...
SC93
04-19-2015 12:05 PM
04-22-2015 01:39 PM
by Steve
14 451
Could be great news for...
SC93
04-14-2015 11:06 PM
04-22-2015 01:28 PM
by Steve
15 529
quick pic
joshlawncare
04-14-2015 07:49 PM
04-21-2015 05:01 PM
by joshlawncare
4 364
Got Inspected today
swstout
08-09-2010 10:31 PM
04-21-2015 03:53 PM
by SGL1
10 4,022
Smoked my first belt!
SGL1
04-20-2015 08:46 PM
04-21-2015 03:28 PM
by SGL1
4 191
Pictures of commercial...
avetslawncare
04-01-2015 09:47 PM
04-21-2015 12:47 PM
by Steve
25 1,039
lawn care business...
holymoly
04-18-2015 02:56 PM
04-21-2015 06:18 AM
by holymoly
3 281
landscape insurance
clarkslawn
03-30-2015 10:14 PM
04-20-2015 10:02 PM
by SGL1
4 500
Poll & Discussion...
CHEESE2009
09-16-2011 06:16 PM
04-20-2015 08:20 PM
by avetslawncare
27 5,697
weed
avetslawncare
04-16-2015 07:56 PM
04-20-2015 01:08 PM
by Steve
4 285
Aerating / Dethaching...
Hard-Body lawn & garden
04-12-2015 07:53 PM
04-19-2015 08:49 PM
by Chilehead
17 625
Start LIKING FACEBOOK...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 12:06 AM
04-19-2015 09:21 AM
by KJ90
8 1,041
bidding a cemetery....
NPM_LLC
03-28-2015 10:56 AM
04-19-2015 05:26 AM
by RSE
22 1,061
Hustler Raptor
SGL1
04-13-2015 09:27 PM
04-18-2015 07:53 AM
by SGL1
15 541
is craiglist good to...
JBENI
04-16-2015 11:11 AM
04-17-2015 10:25 PM
by Wolf4dk
11 458
Am I missing something...
googus
04-11-2015 06:33 PM
04-17-2015 08:01 PM
by avetslawncare
10 566
Hello
sonny54
04-16-2015 09:49 PM
04-17-2015 03:10 PM
by Steve
1 222
Unreal
Chilehead
04-09-2015 09:12 PM
04-17-2015 08:27 AM
by Chilehead
11 602
starting a lawn care...
JBENI
04-14-2015 09:03 AM
04-17-2015 08:03 AM
by JBENI
14 590
Finally got a warehouse
avetslawncare
03-12-2015 07:52 PM
04-16-2015 07:52 PM
by avetslawncare
23 1,401
New 14 x 7 Enclosed...
whitepropertydetail
04-15-2015 06:46 PM
04-16-2015 03:40 PM
by Steve
1 285
older used dump trucks
SECTLANDSCAPING
09-22-2011 12:33 AM
04-16-2015 12:41 PM
by biglee
21 8,081
Tax Poll
Steve
04-15-2015 02:13 PM
04-15-2015 02:13 PM
by Steve
0 261
lawn care by Aj
aj10261984
04-14-2015 06:50 PM
04-15-2015 01:43 PM
by Steve
2 303
Contact last years...
googus
01-28-2015 08:13 AM
04-15-2015 12:54 PM
by SC93
7 1,299
trying to sign up for...
JBENI
04-14-2015 10:20 AM
04-14-2015 12:11 PM
by Steve
1 867
Charging customers for...
Hard-Body lawn & garden
04-14-2015 07:34 AM
04-14-2015 10:35 AM
by Steve
1 342
New member
Jdlandscaping,LLC
04-11-2015 03:24 PM
04-14-2015 05:45 AM
by Jdlandscaping,LLC
2 364
hello
oasis_greenscapes
04-01-2015 06:18 PM
04-13-2015 12:03 PM
by Steve
8 599
New Member
Greenturion
04-11-2015 02:00 PM
04-13-2015 11:59 AM
by Steve
1 321
Client with...
OldSalt
04-07-2015 09:47 PM
04-13-2015 11:57 AM
by Steve
8 551
Getting rid of "mulched...
Mr. Mow
04-12-2015 04:21 PM
04-13-2015 11:26 AM
by biglee
3 362
String trim BEFORE mow...
Mr. Mow
04-12-2015 08:13 AM
04-13-2015 11:11 AM
by biglee
7 476
» Popular Tags
ad landscaping aerocore apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate applying blowout bob villa bush commercial contract help curb appeal services deliquentaccounts demonstration ditches door hangers edging employee problems estimate facebook google growing a lawn care business hardscapes hills how to hydraulic jobs landscape landscape services landscaping training lawn lawn aeration lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business seo lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website lawn care website seo lawn mowing managing a lawn care business marketing marketing secrets more customers business mulch new mower ordinance past due patio install per hour service profit on employee scag v-ride scripts search engine optimization seo shreaded snow plowing sq ft starting a lawn care business steep lawns theft toro tractor auger trailer mate pro truck new used landscape web design website won't return wood wright stander rh www.greenturion.co.za
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:59 AM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:59 AM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy