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Lance L
03-28-2008, 09:20 AM
ok im not sure how long this will take so im not sure on pricing, but i will throw my guess out as well and not just expect you to tell me how much to charge, well i need the time spent more than price.

so how long to remove 300 sqft of bermuda, till in correct me if im wrong, 2" of landscape mix and smooth it out, home owner is going to plant themselves.

assuming avg conditions, no big rocks, reg soil.

thanks

Coopster81
03-28-2008, 03:12 PM
2" ... you need to till at least 1' down Min and mix in organic compost and extra topsoil....or peatmoss to loosen the soil.........Well Figure out how many hrs it will take to prep plus materials marked up and any equipment rental


Lets say 4 3.8 cu ft of peatmoss @ 10.00 bag=15.00 per bag you charge
60.00
Organic Fertilizer lets say 10.00 =15 you charge
15.00
hrs to till , remove grass ,edge = 5-6.......charge for 10...you never know what you will run into
10.00 @ 55.00 hr= 550.00
Labor help 1 man @ 9.00 hr = 90.00
Dump fees for the grass and debri=30.00
Total Job Price=754.00 plus tax.....Easy huh?

Coopster81
03-28-2008, 03:13 PM
2" ... you need to till at least 1' down Min and mix in organic compost and extra topsoil....or peatmoss to loosen the soil.........Well Figure out how many hrs it will take to prep plus materials marked up and any equipment rental


Lets say 4 3.8 cu ft of peatmoss @ 10.00 bag=15.00 per bag you charge
60.00
Organic Fertilizer lets say 10.00 =15 you charge
15.00
hrs to till , remove grass ,edge = 5-6.......charge for 10...you never know what you will run into
10.00 @ 55.00 hr= 550.00
Labor help 1 man @ 9.00 hr = 90.00
Dump fees for the grass and debri=30.00
Total Job Price=754.00 plus tax.....Easy huh?

PSUturf
03-28-2008, 03:26 PM
I'll assume this site is nearby.
Load truck and travel to site: 1/2 hr
Strip sod and load into truck: 1/2 hr
Spread landscape mix: 1/2 - 1 hr depending on how far you're hauling it. (That would be about 2 cubic yards based on your numbers)
Tilling: 15 minutes. Since most tillers only go down about 6" you will only get it mixed down 4" into the existing soil. Make sure the customer knows this before they start planting otherwise they will call you back claiming that you cheated them.
Clean up: 15 minutes
Unload sod scraps: 15 minutes

Lance L
03-29-2008, 02:26 AM
cool, my price was right around 750 =P

Coopster81
03-30-2008, 09:18 AM
PSU .......I can till my area 1 foot down...you just have to know how to work it!!!! When you add organics to the mix it adds to the depth!!!!

PSUturf
03-30-2008, 08:03 PM
Coopster - Are you using a rear tine tiller to get 12" down? I would definitely be interested in getting a new tiller that will dig that deep. I understand that adding organics or additional soil adds to the depth. If your tiller only goes down six inches and you put two inches of organics on top you will only be tilling 4" of soil + 2" of organics for a total of 6" of amended soil.

I ran into this situation a couple of years ago where the customer was putting in their own plants after we amended the soil. They were using 2 & 3 gallon potted plants and expected the soil to be tilled to the bottom of every hole that they dug.