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Wil22
10-19-2006, 05:32 PM
I was asked to plant some pansies in this upscale neighborhood. I'll me with the woman and give her a quote. I plan on charging about $40.00 per flat.

I plan on tilling in soil amenmants and then slipping on my knee pads and planting away. Just want to make sure I'm in the right ball park with my price.
I hear guy's hear charging anywhere from 35-65.00 per flat.

How much would you charge?

grasswhacker
10-19-2006, 05:41 PM
I planted 700 on Tues. Was a bit sore on Wed., prolly because I didn't want to get my knees all dirty and wet so I did it stooping and bending. They look good though.

evergreenedmond
10-19-2006, 07:25 PM
we've been planting 45 flats a day all week & got more to put in next week. As far as pricing I'mnot sure about your market but around here they go for 25-30 per flat plus soil ammendments.

ed2hess
10-19-2006, 08:17 PM
$25 per flat in our area. You ought to try to upsell them some nice edging for those bed.

TheYardBoys
10-19-2006, 09:07 PM
yeah the flats are about 35 or 40 depends who i get it from around here

olderthandirt
10-19-2006, 09:21 PM
cordless drill with an auger attachment and you will fly through the job

sildoc
10-19-2006, 10:27 PM
cordless drill with an auger attachment and you will fly through the job
Best 20 dollar investment I ever made was teh auger. 2 guys and you can plant 10 flats an hour with one. One drills one plants.

sildoc
10-19-2006, 10:30 PM
1000 plants at 21 flats. Looking right at 700 including fert and casaron. Drill and plant. Total cost you are looking at 420. and 4-5 man hours.

gammon landscaping
10-19-2006, 10:53 PM
were did you get the auger at??

olderthandirt
10-20-2006, 12:11 AM
were did you get the auger at??
AM leanards

sildoc
10-20-2006, 01:04 AM
were did you get the auger at??
Lowes also caries them.

sheshovel
10-20-2006, 01:14 AM
cordless drill with an auger attachment and you will fly through the job

Heck I can shove my wide Corona trowel or my Soil Scoop in, pull it back drop the plant in with the other hand pull my trowel back out firm with fingers and plant just as fast as using an auger.

sheshovel
10-20-2006, 01:22 AM
[QUOTE=sildoc]1000 plants at 21 flats. Looking right at 700 including fert and casaron. Drill and plant. Total cost you are looking at 420. and 4-5 man hours.
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I got $840.00 at 40.00 a flat x 21 flats. Retail $15.00 plus $5.00 mark-up a flat. That is not including amending and tilling up the soil.
Also that edge really does look like crap, and should not be used as far as I am concerned.
Looks like there is too much soil in there as well.

EagleLandscape
10-20-2006, 12:23 PM
Yah I got an auger attachment the other day when I had to plant 22 flats of vinca minor. Drilled all holes and planted in less than an hour and a half. Hooked it up to my corded dewalt 1/2" drill and if was quick and painless. Best investment I've ever made.

MarcSmith
10-20-2006, 03:23 PM
What size pot? I was charging about $6 for a 6" pot....

I saw brickman isntalling the "market packs" on a comercial job the other day....UHHHHHGGGGLLLLLY

sildoc
10-20-2006, 06:25 PM
[QUOTE=sildoc]1000 plants at 21 flats. Looking right at 700 including fert and casaron. Drill and plant. Total cost you are looking at 420. and 4-5 man hours.
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I got $840.00 at 40.00 a flat x 21 flats. Retail $15.00 plus $5.00 mark-up a flat. That is not including amending and tilling up the soil.
Also that edge really does look like crap, and should not be used as far as I am concerned.
Looks like there is too much soil in there as well.

Yeah That is roughly where I would come in but for 1000 pansies I drop it some. Just as easy to plant 1000 at it is to do 100. Time picking up pansies and getting there, will take longer than doing the job. I cut a small break.
I was not even counting the edge that is a whole other job.
Toodles I going Elk hunting.

Potomac Lawns Inc.
10-20-2006, 07:28 PM
Anybody have any pics of ther fall plantings?

huh
10-20-2006, 08:09 PM
$25 per flat in our area. You ought to try to upsell them some nice edging for those bed.

just curious where you buy your flowers at....I used to greenhouse grow in Austin a while back, but it was way down south past the Y in Oak Hill

ed2hess
10-20-2006, 09:52 PM
just curious where you buy your flowers at....I used to greenhouse grow in Austin a while back, but it was way down south past the Y in Oak Hill
Landmark in Pflugerville grows them now and sells them at about $10 per flat. They probably have 85% of the business. John Deere is close by and sells but aren't competitive. Landmark is a new company from up North and they have around 30 Hot Houses. They probably have at least 10 houses full of flowers ready to go.

MarcSmith
10-21-2006, 11:25 AM
Anybody have any pics of ther fall plantings?

I'll take a pic of flowers sitting in my nursery on monday. I start of the bulb/pansie isntall then.

I'm still waiting for my 3rd pallet of bulbs to arrive so I can't get too far ahaed of myself...

georgiagrass
10-07-2007, 10:52 AM
We charge $39 per 18-plant flat, installed. I agree with sheshovel that it is just as easy with a hand shovel as with an auger. I also agree with the consensus that that edging looks awful.

corey4671
10-07-2007, 11:06 AM
Best 20 dollar investment I ever made was teh auger. 2 guys and you can plant 10 flats an hour with one. One drills one plants.

what if the guy who plants calls in sick? YOu got a bunch of empty holes? :)

Turfdude
10-07-2007, 09:35 PM
We bought the echo gas drill last year w/ the small auger bit & 1 gal. (#1) bit. The larger bit is great for mums, perennials & smaller plant material.

Mac -aka olderthaneverything is right, the auger is the way to go. I'd love to see the guy w/ the hand trowel keep up w/ me & my set up, especially when the ground is as dry as it has been here since late August. I drill all holes, then place all plants 7 backfill (if solo), iotherwise, 1 guy drills, 2nd places plants & both backfill. Flats from growers here run around $8.50 for the 804's (32 plants/flat) and well sell installed for $25/flat w/ a minimum of 10 flats. Mums here go for $2.50-$2.75 & sell for $10-$12 installed - minimum of 20/order. Most growers deliver to my shop for $20-$25 for a truckload (up to a semi if needed)

Eakern & Dog
10-07-2007, 10:00 PM
Forget the auger.Till it once then throw in some soil conditioner and planting soil with enough to build up the beds Till it again and take a hard rake and form a slight mound on both sides of the bed. Get down on your butt when ever possible( it saves the knees & lower back) .......and with a hand trowel start digging and planting, scoot up and dig and plant again. If you tilled correctly and built up the mound properly it will take no time at all. BTW, what size are you using. A 1000 plants seems like a lot for that space, unless you are using cell packs. I thinking more like about 500 to 600 4" inch pots unless there is more bed space not pictured. I would not use anything smaller than 4" pots.

P.S I have had good run using the moisture control planting soil from Miracle Grow that also has a 4 month slow release fertilizer already in it. Has anyone used this stuff too ? It's kind of pricey but it saves me the hassle of having to mix in fertilizer.

tjsquickcuts
10-07-2007, 11:11 PM
Wow, it funny how pricing is so varied across the country. Me personally, we are holding back until maybe Late Oct, early Nov to start our planting because of the DROUGHT and watering bans, and how warms it is. Its going to be 90 tomorrow. As for pricing, we charge $35 bucks per flat(w/ a 10 Flat min.), plus garden soil which is bought by the cubic yard ($21 per yard). Where I get my flowers from they have 32 cups per flat, and I pay just under $9 bucks per.
As for the best method of planting, the good ole scoop and drops works great for us because we have built all of our beds up off the red clay(and all the acid that will soon kill my flowers) and we just till, and go to work.

I just hired my first female this weekend, and I am excited to see what she can do. She will be the dedicated flower person. She will be responsible for all planting, pruning, fert/weed control, and watering schedules(Go figure this one lol). She will have 2 to 3 helpers on all big jobs, and maybe 1 helper on all the small jobs just to help with any lifting or what not.

I havent had any one to cancel just yet, but just trying to see if we are going to get a break from this drought because I have a strange feeling that a lot of people are going to say hold off, and thats going to hurt $$$$$. But I am keeping my spirits high.

I was going to also say that a 1000 pansy's is going to be over kill. Once they start growing, its going to look tacky. I would say half that, with some nice center pieces to add to the beauty. Last year we installed over a 1000 flats from residential to comm, accounts. The most we have ever planted in one location was 101 flats all over the place at a home owned by a well know rapper. He told me to go all out, and I did. Just wish he would have signed the release form so I could show the pics but one of those things. I posted tons of pics last winter of jobs we did. But good luck to all, and happy planting because it hasnt been happy here for us this year. Here a few newly install maybe a week ago pics from last year......

tjsquickcuts
10-07-2007, 11:32 PM
and here are some pics right before we pulled them up for the annuals which btw didnt do all that bad this year dispite the DROUGHT. Only lost about 13% of my plants.

sildoc
10-08-2007, 12:41 AM
what if the guy who plants calls in sick? YOu got a bunch of empty holes? :)

Hey, I can fill a hole as good as any other.

JamesM
11-05-2007, 11:15 PM
Can anyone post a link to the aguer attachment that some have been talking about from Lowes or Tractor Supply. I have checked with all of the hardware stores as well as the farm supply stores in my area but cannot find any. I am currantly looking through ebay for one.

Thanks, James

MarcSmith
11-06-2007, 08:54 AM
http://www.amleo.com/index/item.cgi?cmd=view&Words=edr210
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http://www.amleo.com/index/item.cgi?cmd=view&Words=7gpa
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is that what youa relooking for?

JamesM
11-06-2007, 11:08 AM
Pretty darn close.

Thanks

MarcSmith
11-06-2007, 11:13 AM
the echo gas drill is pretty nice.... the only thing i would do, is make sure the auger has flats ground into the shaft to keep it from spinning in the bit holder it hits a dense area.

sildoc
11-06-2007, 11:48 AM
I think he is looking for something more like this. http://www.yardlover.com/products.php?pid=77712077

MarcSmith
11-06-2007, 11:59 AM
amleonard sells a bunch of different sizes as well....

dbianchilndscpe
04-17-2008, 01:01 PM
These pictures were in 40 degree weather and looked better in early Jan. These pictures we taken the day before we removed them in late March of 08. Anyone interested in growing great flowers(especially spring-summer),try our foliar spray made here in Visalia-Hanford area.

JosephLawnCare
04-17-2008, 09:49 PM
Even though yuo fired up an old thread, I must say that place looks beatiful.:clapping:

grassyguy
04-17-2008, 10:05 PM
what is caseron?

sildoc
04-17-2008, 11:55 PM
what is caseron?

it is a form of pre-emergent.

merrimacmill
04-18-2008, 11:24 AM
I didn't read the whole thread, so I don't know if anyone else suggested it yet. But sthil makes a small gas auger made for "mass plantings"