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Old 06-18-2013, 07:07 PM
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Need Some Advice On Pricing Shrub Transplanting

I have a customer who wants 11 Boxwood Shrubs Moved From Different Locations (Front, Side, Back Beds). He Wants Them Replanted On The East Side Of His Home Which Has A Slope. Shrubs Are All Appx. 3'x3'x3' Average Size .

I have never Transplanted this many shrubs in this type of situation.

I was leaning on $50 A Shrub. ($550) 2 man Labor. 10 Hrs. ($12 / Hr. labor).

Am I In The Ballpark here?

He Also Wants them done now. I told him there's only a 60% chance they will survive at this time but he wants it done anyway.

Should I have him sign something stating that transplanting at this time of year cannot guarantee survival of the plant and I am not reliable for replacing them?

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Old 06-18-2013, 07:17 PM
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I would charge double the price of a new one and tell them nonwarranty
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Old 06-18-2013, 07:43 PM
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Why 60% how did you come up with that?
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Old 06-18-2013, 07:48 PM
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A friend of mine who does landscaping gave me that number on the chance of it surviving during transplanting at this time of year?
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Old 06-18-2013, 07:59 PM
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I would charge at least $125 per plant
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Old 06-18-2013, 08:01 PM
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$125 a plant......how many hours are you guessing for 2 guys labor only?
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Old 06-18-2013, 09:00 PM
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A friend of mine who does landscaping gave me that number on the chance of it surviving during transplanting at this time of year?

More like 50% chance or even less. In this heat, the odds are the plants wont survive+they're going to have to be watered heavily. Buy some Root Stimulator. Replanting asap may reduce the shock to plant.
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Old 06-18-2013, 10:40 PM
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Your price sounds about right, how long have they been in the ground? You have a better soil than we do, but most builder installed shrubs around here were never planted well. Even after 3-4 years the root ball is still the shape of the nursery bucket and sometimes you can just yank them out full root ball and all. I transplant those all the time with very little loss. If they were planted in a good size hole with good soil and the roots have matured, this could be a difficult dig. I berm up a ring around the plant, ask the owner to water every day for a couple of weeks. As an alternate I keep a supply of 5gallon buckets with a 1/16" hole at the bottom and fill and place daily at each shrub for as long as I can keep it up to drip water them and have had good success in hot season transplanting. Add the 10min stop into your price and fill the buckets with a hose if the customer doesn't want to do it. People grow attached to plants and at times will pay more to keep them alive than they will to just replace with new. Take a good axe with you for the thick roots. I like digging so this type of job comes to me quite often, most guys hate it.

Oh, make sure your orient them the same direction to the sun to keep the burn at bay.
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Old 06-19-2013, 04:03 PM
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They have been there since the house went up 6 - 7 years ago. I am counting on a hard dig. Thanks for the sound advice. I will be sure to post the outcome of this job!
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Old 06-30-2013, 05:08 PM
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This is why I own 3 DynaDiggers survival would be 100%
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