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 > Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation

Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation
A great way to talk about all things lawn care related. Grass, turf, shrubs, trees, aeration, fertilization, reseeding, hydro-seeding, mowing, grub control, chemicals and pesticides. Ask questions, give answers. Grow!

First thatching job of the season


Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation

A great way to talk about all things lawn care related. Grass, turf, shrubs, trees, aeration, fertilization, reseeding, hydro-seeding, mowing, grub control, chemicals and pesticides. Ask questions, give answers. Grow!
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 04-13-2011, 02:35 AM
cruzgardening cruzgardening is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 277
Rep Power: 6
cruzgardening is on a distinguished road
Thumbs up First thatching job of the season

Hey guys just thought i mention i'm going to power rake/de-thatch 3 lawns tomorrow it will be the first time i do it on my own, since i use to watch my co-workers do it at the company i use to work for, and well it will be a learning experience. The properties i am using the machine at have at least 1 in of thatch and one of them told me his grass dies off during summer, he has St Agustin grass, i just submited a soil test to a lab it came out that the lawn needs more iron we bought the vigoro super feed fertilizer for this client which has Iron and we also got a high nitrogen since the growing season started already here in California. I will remove the thatch and will add the fertilizer right after and set up the timer to water a bit more then usual at this time of the year just so we can get a nice lawn. i will take pictures of the process hope you guys enjoy the ride.


One account will be thatch in the front yard only and the other 2 will be both back and front i will give you guys all the details and info when its done.

Do you guys have any recommendations for me just in case? lol
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 04-13-2011, 11:07 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,572
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
What kind of equipment are you using to perform this? Did you have to buy equipment for this job or were you able to rent it?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-13-2011, 01:22 PM
Liberty Landscaping LLC Liberty Landscaping LLC is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Woodbridge, NJ
Posts: 243
Rep Power: 6
Liberty Landscaping LLC is on a distinguished road
Default

Same question as Steve what are you using? What is the process you will follow to De-Thatch the land? Use the machine then rake or something?
__________________
Liberty Landscaping LLC
www.libertylndscpng.com
Woodbridge, NJ
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-14-2011, 01:41 AM
cruzgardening cruzgardening is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 277
Rep Power: 6
cruzgardening is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Liberty Landscaping LLC View Post
Same question as Steve what are you using? What is the process you will follow to De-Thatch the land? Use the machine then rake or something?
Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
What kind of equipment are you using to perform this? Did you have to buy equipment for this job or were you able to rent it?
hey guys well my day was amazing i have some pictures of 3 of the properties i used a rental from my local shop they had the
Classen Turf Dethatcher With a honda engine this machine did an amazing job i was going to get the machine with the bag but it would of cost me $50 more and it would cut into my earnings so i decided not to get the one with the bag.

anyhow the pictures are posted and there are more to be posted of course this is the before pictures i will post the after in a few weeks

BTW the process is as follows: I mow the lawn the shortest height recommended for St Agustin grass,1 inch, then i run the thatcher machine to go at least 3/4 of an inch deep no deeper since i dont want to cut into the ground now i pass it only once going one way and unlike other grasses St Agustin will get damaged if i run the machine again... so i just run the machine one way and after im done i rake everything into piles
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-14-2011, 02:18 AM
cruzgardening cruzgardening is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 277
Rep Power: 6
cruzgardening is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by cruzgardening View Post
hey guys well my day was amazing i have some pictures of 3 of the properties i used a rental from my local shop they had the
Classen Turf Dethatcher With a honda engine this machine did an amazing job i was going to get the machine with the bag but it would of cost me $50 more and it would cut into my earnings so i decided not to get the one with the bag.

anyhow the pictures are posted and there are more to be posted of course this is the before pictures i will post the after in a few weeks

BTW the process is as follows: I mow the lawn the shortest height recommended for St Agustin grass,1 inch, then i run the thatcher machine to go at least 3/4 of an inch deep no deeper since i dont want to cut into the ground now i pass it only once going one way and unlike other grasses St Agustin will get damaged if i run the machine again... so i just run the machine one way and after im done i rake everything into piles
finally here is the right pictures enjoy guys

Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-14-2011, 12:12 PM
cruzgardening cruzgardening is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 277
Rep Power: 6
cruzgardening is on a distinguished road
Default

2 of my clients called today and they love what i did haha turns out they thought the lawn was going to look dead after the thatch removal job haha

Quote:
Originally Posted by cruzgardening View Post
finally here is the right pictures enjoy guys

Attached Images
File Type: jpg fa0bc877fcaa1f6c0c68_15.jpg (101.5 KB, 5 views)
File Type: jpg fa0bc877fcaa1f6c0c68_16.jpg (103.5 KB, 3 views)
File Type: jpg fa0bc877fcaa1f6c0c68_17.jpg (95.1 KB, 1 views)
File Type: jpg fa0bc877fcaa1f6c0c68_18.jpg (122.2 KB, 1 views)
File Type: jpg fa0bc877fcaa1f6c0c68_19.jpg (107.2 KB, 1 views)
File Type: jpg fa0bc877fcaa1f6c0c68_21.jpg (126.0 KB, 2 views)
File Type: jpg fa0bc877fcaa1f6c0c68_20.jpg (105.4 KB, 1 views)
File Type: jpg fa0bc877fcaa1f6c0c68_6.jpg (127.8 KB, 5 views)
File Type: jpg fa0bc877fcaa1f6c0c68_7.jpg (158.0 KB, 3 views)
File Type: jpg fa0bc877fcaa1f6c0c68_8.jpg (105.3 KB, 3 views)
File Type: jpg fa0bc877fcaa1f6c0c68_9.jpg (122.4 KB, 2 views)
File Type: jpg fa0bc877fcaa1f6c0c68_10.jpg (169.6 KB, 1 views)
File Type: jpg fa0bc877fcaa1f6c0c68_11.jpg (83.9 KB, 2 views)
File Type: jpg fa0bc877fcaa1f6c0c68_12.jpg (120.9 KB, 2 views)
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 04-14-2011, 03:15 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,572
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

That looks great!

Do you have any advise on the best way to bid such jobs and how to perform them?

Do you feel you learned any lessons from these jobs?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 04-14-2011, 11:11 PM
cruzgardening cruzgardening is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 277
Rep Power: 6
cruzgardening is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
Do you have any advise on the best way to bid such jobs and how to perform them?
the bidding process is different for an existing account then for a new costumer, if i have an existing client who needs the service i would try to get at least another 2 more of my accounts to get the thatching service and try to put them on the same day, i can easily do 6 lawns a day with help at $100 each.

if its a new client i would charge them double the price unless they want me to take care of their lawn with a yearly contract then i would drop it down to $140.

the advice i would give on doing this job is to learn the right way of thatching the type of grass you are removing the thatch from, for turf you can go over it at a 90 degree angle but if u did this with St Agustin you might kill the grass, also keep an eye on the height of the blades you want to thatch not till the lawn.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
Do you feel you learned any lessons from these jobs?
I learned a really good lesson use Flags to spot your sprinklers, i broke 3 on the first house haha good thing i always carry spares also check the height before you start using the machine or you will go deeper then needed.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 04-15-2011, 09:01 AM
CHEESE2009 CHEESE2009 is offline
Dr. Scott - Ruler of the Underworld
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Switzerland, Grindelwald
Age: 74
Posts: 4,475
Rep Power: 0
CHEESE2009 is on a distinguished road
Default

Great job man!


These jobs can be pretty time consuming, but the look after is worth it.

I should have taken before and after pictures and joined you on here. I did a big job yesterday and man, it's amazing what you'll find.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 04-15-2011, 12:28 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,572
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
the bidding process is different for an existing account then for a new costumer, if i have an existing client who needs the service i would try to get at least another 2 more of my accounts to get the thatching service and try to put them on the same day, i can easily do 6 lawns a day with help at $100 each.

if its a new client i would charge them double the price unless they want me to take care of their lawn with a yearly contract then i would drop it down to $140.
What do you do if you can't get additional customers to go with the new customer wanting the service? Does that then effect your bid price?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
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
Thatching and Aeration Liberty Landscaping LLC Community Assistance 8 04-11-2011 10:43 PM
**need De-thatching Flyer** birdturd9726 Starting a lawn care business. 10 03-03-2009 06:01 AM
End season is near pnplawn General Talk 18 10-15-2007 10:15 AM
Welcome Aerating-Thatching Co. Steve Introduce Yourself 4 10-04-2007 09:08 AM
De-thatching KimKriel Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 3 02-13-2007 10:42 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
John Deere 667a
acrajchel
08-30-2015 10:00 AM
Today 07:45 PM
by Just for Cuts
5 117
SCAG Tiger Cat DECK...
rower30
08-24-2013 10:07 AM
Today 07:44 PM
by Just for Cuts
14 4,943
Sample commercial bid
burtle
Today 06:02 PM
Today 06:02 PM
by burtle
0 31
Your 2015 summer review.
Steve
Yesterday 11:01 AM
Today 05:58 PM
by Chilehead
3 100
best way to.....
Wolf4dk
Today 11:35 AM
Today 04:39 PM
by Steve
1 41
Dane Scag
Steve
08-28-2015 12:29 PM
08-28-2015 12:29 PM
by Steve
0 93
24 and 50 acre cemetery...
grassmasterswilson
08-18-2015 10:09 AM
08-26-2015 02:42 PM
by Steve
13 605
Rookie business question...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
08-05-2015 05:20 PM
08-26-2015 02:33 PM
by Steve
3 426
How to clean an old...
rmccutchan
08-16-2015 05:23 PM
08-26-2015 02:31 PM
by Steve
9 446
how to make customers...
Bradcook21
05-27-2015 05:04 PM
08-26-2015 12:25 PM
by kslawn
19 3,788
Needing a website built
burtle
06-17-2015 09:02 AM
08-25-2015 11:31 AM
by acrajchel
9 2,500
Big mowing job
Bradcook21
07-30-2015 03:57 PM
08-25-2015 11:23 AM
by acrajchel
17 1,023
ZTR Review
Shark1611
05-31-2012 10:42 PM
08-25-2015 11:16 AM
by acrajchel
8 3,789
Hi Everyone
mmays29
08-25-2015 08:16 AM
08-25-2015 11:15 AM
by Steve
3 137
Should I buy this Exmark...
googus
07-03-2015 09:22 AM
08-25-2015 11:08 AM
by acrajchel
11 1,230
Old Business New Owner
Toyman
06-17-2014 08:57 PM
08-25-2015 11:00 AM
by acrajchel
16 1,627
Hi everyone! We're new...
alltrades
08-22-2015 12:46 PM
08-24-2015 10:41 AM
by Steve
2 189
CAn I get some help with...
rootytalbot
08-11-2015 06:14 PM
08-24-2015 10:36 AM
by Steve
12 562
Hi
Wemowjunction
08-16-2015 08:45 PM
08-20-2015 01:46 PM
by Steve
11 436
Drive cable bad?
SGL1
08-10-2015 11:16 PM
08-20-2015 01:41 PM
by Steve
5 393
Hey there everyone
Cole8999
08-16-2015 04:42 PM
08-18-2015 04:35 PM
by Steve
3 275
Help with a truck
bdodson89
04-27-2015 08:15 PM
08-18-2015 11:47 AM
by rmccutchan
7 1,019
I need some aeration...
rootytalbot
08-14-2015 12:32 PM
08-18-2015 07:59 AM
by rootytalbot
7 460
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
08-17-2015 04:34 PM
by Steve
1,229 406,286
Whats wrong with this...
GreenWorx
07-28-2015 07:56 PM
08-16-2015 11:42 PM
by rmccutchan
3 613
What's your next...
Steve
05-15-2015 11:54 AM
08-16-2015 11:09 PM
by SC93
16 1,274
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
08-14-2015 11:08 PM
by scaypa
95 11,523
New Biz
kufnerins
08-14-2015 05:52 PM
08-14-2015 08:56 PM
by Steve
1 230
Chemical and Fertilizer...
rmccutchan
08-09-2015 10:36 PM
08-13-2015 11:11 PM
by rmccutchan
6 435
String trim BEFORE mow...
Mr. Mow
04-12-2015 08:13 AM
08-13-2015 02:10 PM
by rootytalbot
12 2,106
Hello all thinking about...
bernie
08-11-2015 04:28 PM
08-13-2015 10:33 AM
by Steve
8 392
Logo Help Font Color
LZLC
08-08-2015 09:26 PM
08-12-2015 03:50 PM
by Steve
4 373
Pricing issue
Mr. Mow
07-07-2015 06:15 AM
08-12-2015 12:30 AM
by Jeff1
20 1,841
My new mower
Chilehead
08-08-2015 09:09 PM
08-11-2015 08:36 PM
by Chilehead
9 549
Thought this was a good...
Just for Cuts
08-06-2015 03:38 PM
08-11-2015 10:54 AM
by Steve
8 538
Plowing pricing
jcurr33
08-08-2015 04:58 PM
08-11-2015 10:51 AM
by Steve
6 518
Should I upgrade my back...
googus
08-07-2015 10:50 AM
08-11-2015 10:44 AM
by googus
7 461
Keeping it clean....
Wolf4dk
08-09-2015 11:31 PM
08-11-2015 06:34 AM
by Chilehead
7 386
I have been rude and...
biglee
06-15-2015 10:11 PM
08-10-2015 09:41 PM
by stallman419
12 2,772
Newbie Saying Hi.
LZLC
08-08-2015 09:22 PM
08-10-2015 11:20 AM
by Steve
1 274
How much do I charge to...
Chris Herrera
08-06-2015 09:30 PM
08-09-2015 11:31 AM
by biglee
2 449
scag SWZT review!
mattthelawnguy
07-23-2015 02:28 PM
08-07-2015 03:26 PM
by Steve
17 1,169
Best commercial contract...
sanlanct
08-04-2015 12:18 PM
08-06-2015 06:20 AM
by sanlanct
2 413
I came across this on a...
rootytalbot
08-02-2015 11:04 AM
08-05-2015 08:17 PM
by SC93
9 648
Help bidding a hedge...
hopolb33
08-02-2015 06:09 PM
08-05-2015 02:07 PM
by Steve
3 450
recycler toro 22"
rvezakis
08-03-2015 12:10 PM
08-04-2015 11:47 AM
by Steve
1 334
» Popular Tags
ad landscaping advertising aerocore applying bark billy goat brushcutter blowout bob villa collections contract help curb appeal services deliquentaccounts demonstration design door hangers edging employee problems equipment dealer equipment rental facebook flyers free advertising free lawn care google growing a lawn care business hiring how to hydro increase customers jobs landscape landscaping landscaping training lawn aeration lawn care lawn mowing marketing marketing secrets more customers business mr dave mulch new business ordinance past due per hour service plowing pricing profit on employee roundup scag secrets to landscaping sell the vision seo shell shreaded solo solo backpack sprayer sq ft square foot swzt tree tree pics up sell employee walk behind web design website website design winterization wood www.greenturion.co.za
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:59 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:59 PM.

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