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TLS landscaping
12-15-2010, 09:38 PM
hey guys been doing landscaping for quite some time, trying to get into more plantings and what not.

here is a list of what needs to go in.. maybe you can give me a price of what i should charge for the plants and install? any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

Red Sunset Maple 2.5-3" cal 4
RedSpire Pear 2.5-3" cal 5
Colorodo Spruce 6-8' 1
Norway Spruce 5-8' 15
American Boxwood 24-36" 12
PJM Rhododendrum 24-36" 16
Goldflame Spirea 24-36" 21
Compact Meyer Lilac 24-36" 21

all to be sold and and installed. what would you bid for this size job?

also to install about 30 yrds of top soil.

Thanks for the help

JB1
12-15-2010, 09:49 PM
if I give you a price, do you want me to come and install it also.

TLS landscaping
12-15-2010, 10:13 PM
I have an idea of what i am thinking of charging, i just want to see if i'm in the ball park..

i know anyone could come and undercut me. bla bla.. but just to see.. i dont need an exact number but just a round about..

with sales of plants and trees i'm somewhere around 15k

xclusive
12-15-2010, 10:21 PM
It really all depends on what your costs are, how are you moving the topsoil and shrubs, are you using a skid steer, are you guaranteeing the shrubs for your client, etc?

TLS landscaping
12-15-2010, 10:25 PM
guaranteeing the work. i'll be using mainly man power for this job. a kabota to move the dirt around.

I guess I can use a steer to move the tree's around.. my costs for plants are about 5g's I have a place to deliver the dirt for little to no money..

xclusive
12-15-2010, 10:32 PM
Does the 5k include your topsoil cost as well?

TLS landscaping
12-15-2010, 10:36 PM
no my cost for topsoil is 20 a yrd

xclusive
12-15-2010, 10:40 PM
I would say that you are in the ball park. You might be leaving some money on the table though.

TLS landscaping
12-15-2010, 10:46 PM
my quote is about 17k give or take.. a few hundred...

xclusive
12-15-2010, 11:02 PM
That sounds better.

TLS landscaping
12-15-2010, 11:16 PM
well ok I didnt want to think i am over charging or underbidding.

juststartin
12-21-2010, 07:50 PM
well ok I didnt want to think i am over charging or underbidding.

How many man hours are you thinking? Was it bid out to everyone and their brother?

TLS landscaping
12-21-2010, 08:14 PM
It was not bid out to many people.. I quoted for about 6 days for 4 men 8 hours..

juststartin
12-22-2010, 03:31 PM
$62 a man hour?
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Hause
12-27-2010, 12:21 PM
Cost Price
Red Sunset Maple 2.5-3" cal 4 80 ea – 320 175 700
RedSpire Pear 2.5-3" cal 5 80 – 400 175 - 875
Colorodo Spruce 6-8' 1 75 150
Norway Spruce 5-8' 15 75 – 1125 160 – 2400
American Boxwood 24-36" 12 (70) 7 gal plants at $30ea = 2100 65 - 4200
PJM Rhododendrum 24-36" 16
Goldflame Spirea 24-36" 21
Compact Meyer Lilac 24-36" 21

Top soil cost – 15 yrds per tandem, 300ea plus 100 delivery = 800 total cost
30 per yrd installation fee = 900
Top soil= 1700
$4820 total material cost
Add in $200 for plant delivery
Equipment - Using dingo with 30” auger and tractor to move dirt= ($200
Labor – 3 men at 20 hours each, 2 days, 16 work hours ea. Total of = 60 hours labor ($750)
Fuel- $50
Total job cost= $6020
I know I’m not considering all cost factors but it’s a quick fairly accurate breakdown. On first glance I figured $12k, and that probably where I would bid it, but we are very familiar with these type jobs and they don’t take use long. For instance, we just did one last week that was (35) 8’ Nellys and (20) 14’ Pines, spent $3600 on plants delivered, job took 3 men less than 2 days, had 90% of the holes dug and plants placed in holes on day one, priced the job at $11k. For this job I would consider over 15K high in our area. Best of luck I hope you land it.

TLS landscaping
12-27-2010, 06:15 PM
where are you located?

where do you get the plants that cheap?

juststartin
12-27-2010, 11:31 PM
where are you located?

where do you get the plants that cheap?

You might try independent growers and tree farms. Most are blowing out inventory. Your man hours sound a little high as well as your man hour rate. I would imagine commercial man hour rates would be lower. I don't know what your market will bare.
It sounds like a 2-3 day job with 10hr days with 3-4 guys.
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Hause
12-28-2010, 09:43 AM
Juststartin has it on all counts, I've been paying $60 for any tree I want, sales are slow down here and people take what they can get. Inventory on some varieties are starting to thin at this particular farm. A lot of farms are closing. A nearby company that has to purchase plants (they don't grow), prices their trees out at $90 ea installed, they get by with the smallest plants possible, trees may be 2' and 10 ft. Regardless these prices are tuff to compete with, these are commercial installs.

dean1130
03-11-2011, 05:25 PM
I came up with about $16,500. But the wholesale prices in NY are way higher then the southern wholesale states. A red sunset here wholesale for the 2.5-3 " cal is $195.00 per tree. Spirea's and boxwoods go for about $22-$25.00. PJM rhody's are about 49.00. So the price will be higher then the south. A yard of soil here installed your looking at $65.00 to 85.00 to buy and install. So all parts of the United States will be different. I buy mine from a wholesale nursery called northern nurseries. They have higher prices, but quality is perfect. You take the shrub out of the container and it stays together, doesn't fall apart. The trees all have numerous white roots and root hairs. I like to give my customer the best quality possible, and I also explain that to them. Proper mulching, proper watering etc all makes a different in selling. Some will want a cheap install and instant look , others will want long term, quality, and added value to there property for real estate reason. So for a $5000.00 project here, with that many shrubs and trees, your getting what you pay for and its not much.