View Full Version : Bid for ficus hedges

12-06-2004, 07:43 PM
I was recently asked by a customer to install, 120 ficus hedges in 3 gal pots, this is in a development that was once part of the everglades, so you are basically digging in cap rock, I quoted him $500 to install and he said no thanks the nursery would do it for $2 a plant! How can you do it for that much and make a profit? Note: they are the ones who sold them to him for $4 a piece!

trimline lawn & landscape
12-10-2004, 10:33 PM
I installed 120 3 gal cheff arboracolas in weston . It took 3 men a full day to complete the job ,start to finish. [ johnson bar picks & shovels]. we all had blisters
cost of plants $4.00 x 120 =$480
total bid $1050
gross profit $570

It was a profitable day, but, we earned it.
Stick by your guns,and dont believe everything people say.
That goes for your proposed customer as well
I get ficus in 3 gallon 20-30'' @ $2.85 ea.
The nursery may have enough profit in the plants to do the install at $2.00
ea,Or somebody lied.
P S weston was the everglades. Good luck

12-13-2004, 12:23 AM
The way I see it is that it's better to let some other guy/company to loose money on a job than me.

12-19-2004, 12:01 PM
Work it said it!. If you can't make money on it don't do it. I also agree that $2 a plant seems real low, but they will do it a few times, if at all, at that price and then never do it again, just wait it out.