View Full Version : Help estimating cost per Tree, Shrub, Perennials

08-26-2008, 11:31 PM
Hi guys, have been reading this site for a while now but finally need alittle help.

I'm trying to put together a bid for a project and not quite sure what the average cost per complete install of these items would be. They all include excavation, preparation, placement, mulch and disposal of unused excavated material.

Obviously I would have more play on what I charged per unit on the grasses and perennials due to the number but what about the others specifically? Is there a rule of thumb when it comes to bidding these types of things?

18, tall trees 6'-10'

8, large shrubs 3'-4'

48 small shrubs 2-3 gal

2132 grasses and perennials 1qt

Any hints or suggestions would be extremely useful!

Kate Butler
08-27-2008, 11:19 PM
3.5 times your cost for these items would be my estimate: including tree guying, all prep, planting, mulching, fert....etc

08-28-2008, 12:12 AM
i would agree. if you are doing prep, staking, and mulch 3.5x would be a good number.

we try and get 2-3x more without any prep/mulching, but since it looks like a medium job, find the plants at a super low price and price them at 3.5x normal wholesale price.

08-28-2008, 10:55 PM
I agree with the above posts.