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Old 02-16-2012, 02:50 PM
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Default Thatch and Aerate prices.

How do you calculate the charge for these two services?
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We normally charge 3x's the regular mowing rate to thatch, scalp, or aerate.
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We normally charge 3x's the regular mowing rate to thatch, scalp, or aerate.
I am sorry, I appreciate the information but I do not know what scalp means.
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it's a old Indian term meaning bad haircut
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I am sorry, I appreciate the information but I do not know what scalp means.
it's a procedure done to warm season grasses
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We normally charge 3x's the regular mowing rate to thatch, scalp, or aerate.
i have seen that 'rule of thumb' used in the past and have NEVER understood it.

3X is not nearly enough.

More like 7 - 10 based upon my estimates over the years.
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it's a procedure done to warm season grasses
Pretty much what it says, cut the lawn short as hell so you scalp it.
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In our area 3x's the going rate. I would love to get more but we have so many people that will do it for even 2x's just to get the work that a higher rate for fly. As for scalping it is done in our area on Bermuda grass.
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I ask because I have a customer that wants thatching on 2000sq ft. I quoted 180 and also talker her into aerating for an additional 75. Will be doing it Monday it weather allows. Just wanted to know if I was charging a fair price.
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i have seen that 'rule of thumb' used in the past and have NEVER understood it.

3X is not nearly enough.

More like 7 - 10 based upon my estimates over the years.
For power rake I charge $150 for the avg. lot around here. that is a little more than 4 times the cutting price.

the same lawn would be $100 for aerating.
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