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Dave does lawns
09-13-2012, 09:58 AM
I got a 20'x3' bed with a cotoneaster on each end and a bunch of random flowers and weeds between them.

Customer wants it all gone and roses planted.

step one: Rip it all out.

Step two:Plant 4-5 rose bush.

step three: add mulch maybe.

No fancy machines likely just two guys doing the job.

Never done this before, and willing to hear advise.

Reason of this post,? How long would it take 1-2 guys to get this done?

Smallaxe
09-13-2012, 06:38 PM
Cut that creepinging cotoneaster off at the base and paint the stump with RU straight from the bottle... dig your holes for the roses, cleaning them up nicely and filling them with water... comeback after lunch and see that they've drained and stick in the roses and flood the holes again, making sure there are no possible air pockets left down around the root ball... charge one full day for the actual work and another half day for one guy to come back twice in the course of the following week to soak them in again...

That's what I'd do... and charge for dumping the plant debris... :)

JNyz
09-13-2012, 07:34 PM
Charge them $960.00 for the day.

cpllawncare
09-13-2012, 10:59 PM
One man = $600/day Labor only

Dave does lawns
09-14-2012, 03:27 PM
12 hours
5 rose buses
fertilizer
.65 cu.yd. mulch

$1000.00

Clients answer, "that's way too much".

Like I said I've never done this before, I think I am offering to do it too cheap.

grandview (2006)
09-14-2012, 03:44 PM
2 guys three hrs. plus material l cost.

Dave does lawns
09-14-2012, 03:45 PM
2 guys three hrs. plus material l cost.

You can tear out two established contenester hedges and everything else and replant in 3 hours with 2 guys?

JNyz
09-14-2012, 03:46 PM
That's ok, you don't need to work for everyone. Someone said to me one time, "J. you can't do all the work." It has stuck with me a long time and helped me in many ways.

Mark Oomkes
09-14-2012, 03:48 PM
No fancy machines likely just two guys doing the job.

I haven't gotten past this part yet.

I wouldn't use a fancy machine either, but I sure wouldn't do it by hand.

knox gsl
09-14-2012, 03:54 PM
$175 bed prep.
$250 5-#3 roses installed.
$115 1.5 yards of brown Mulch
installed.
$50 debris dump.
$590 and finished before lunch.
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grandview (2006)
09-14-2012, 03:54 PM
You can tear out two established contenester hedges and everything else and replant in 3 hours with 2 guys?

Not like your picking and digging each piece out. Find the main parts of the plants dig it out and stuff starts to pull with it, Throw it in the dump trailer pull the other stuff out. Re grade the bed plant the roses add mulch and collect check and go to next job.

Dave does lawns
09-14-2012, 03:57 PM
I haven't gotten past this part yet.

I wouldn't use a fancy machine either, but I sure wouldn't do it by hand.

I wouldn't be using a bobcat to rip out stump, or stump grinder..... It will be dug around to a reasonably low level and cut out.

Mark Oomkes
09-14-2012, 04:09 PM
I wouldn't be using a bobcat to rip out stump, or stump grinder..... It will be dug around to a reasonably low level and cut out.

Me neither. Dingo would make short work of pulling out the plants and "stumps".

Dave does lawns
09-14-2012, 04:13 PM
Me neither. Dingo would make short work of pulling out the plants and "stumps".

Lol, no fancy dingos either.:rolleyes:

I only have the option to do it the good ol fashion hard way.

Smallaxe
09-15-2012, 06:33 PM
I think you guys are making wayyy too big a deal of this... the RU takes care of the roots and now we're gonna rip them up in the midst of a 3' wide bed, 20 paces long???

5 holes with a sharp round nose shovel and unless you're hitting lots of rocks or dry clay pack,,, you got about 1/2 hr of digging and the rest of the day for planting...

Buy the highest quality loppers and round nose shovel and you got all the fancy equipment you need... :)