View Full Version : Pricing Dogwoods

04-19-2002, 03:21 PM
:dizzy: I'm new to this game so please bare with me.....I got a call today from a guy who wants four small dogwoods planted in his yard, two white and two pink. What do I charge for this? What sort of mark up do I put on the trees? What do they cost? Any help would be greatly appreciated.....:dizzy:

04-19-2002, 04:15 PM
Welcome, jt.

I would refer you to the search button at the top of the page. You may find some help there.

It doesn't take much to figure out that a phone call to your local nursery will get you prices. As for mark-up, I go %30 to %60 depending on load or pick-up time and charge by the hour for install.

Your profile says that you just purchased a landscaping business. This is of some concern to me after reading your question.

I have attached the following thread for your benefit. Take it for what it's worth.

Good Luck, Landscraper


A1 Lawn@Landscapes
04-19-2002, 04:17 PM
I just did a job similar to this. I planted 3 dogwoods for $440. This included taping them, staking them, and mulching them. I bought them at the nursery for $79 each. They were about 5 ft tall. I saw some nice ones at Home Depot for $39 each about 4 ft tall. I just could not bring myself to buy them there. Hope this helps.

04-19-2002, 05:58 PM
You have to decide the price based on the job. For instance, if I plant one tree, the cost per tree installed is going to be more than planting 4 or 5 trees. I have the same time involved for pick up and delivery of plant material, mulch and travel to the job. So therefore, the more work I do while on site, the less expensive per item.

So, looking at your job - first you need to define the size of "small" Is this a 5', 6', 7', etc. 1.5" or 2.0" if you get into the larger size. Should these trees be "tree" form or "clump" form?

Assuming a 6' Cornus florida (white) and rubra (red) is $78.00 cost

4 trees x $78 x 1.5 mark up (set your own mark up rate) = $475.00

Labor to pick up trees: 2 hrs x $50 = $100
Labor to install trees: 1.5 hrs / tree = 6 hrs x $50 = $300
Travel for mulch and to job, clean up, etc. = 3.0 hrs x $50 = $150

Equipment; dump truck 1.0 day = $65.00
Rototiller (if needed) = $25.00

Mulch = 1.5 to 2.0 yds at $35.00 per yard = $70.00
Soil ammendments (peat moss, cow manure) = $40.00
Mycorizzae at $2.50 per ounce (4 oz/tree) = $40.00
Fertilizer and Soil moist = $15.00
Stakes if needed - add cost

Sub Total: $1,240.00
Add aggrevation factor and warranty factor if needed.

I'd sell the job for right around $325 per tree installed.

If they wanted 8 trees, the variable costs would increase, but many of the numbers above are fixed. So the cost per tree might then drop to $230 or $250 per tree, or be about $2,000 for the install.

A single tree picked up and installed (up to about 3") is about $500.00 or more depending on site conditions. Add more trees, and the price drops per tree.

Don't use my numbers as accurate - just apply your own costs to the system listed above. You can tweek it for what works for you.

04-20-2002, 05:05 AM
my cost here for 1.75-2" is $75. Retail is $130 and I sell it for retail plus 50% for installation. $195 per tree. amendments and mulch extra.