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Pricing planting 12 yew plants. Per plant $55

Picked up a lawn maintenance customer.
Asked me for a quote to plant 12 yew's about 3 feet tall with about 3 gallon bucket ball. The soil is bad with a layer of clay and rocks together and rest clay with probably with chunks of brick as he removed some plants before and told me.

I'm thinking $55 for each shrub planting with new soil around and support steak if necessary. + shrub cost.

He has other jobs lined up and is a straight up enjoyable customer.

I've never planted that size and usually we do lawn maintenance but I want to keep him happy.
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$55 seems like a lot just for labor for planting a 3 gal plant. Should take about 10 minutes tops, including layout etcc... but if you can get that more power to you
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I learned one thing watching Gold Rush Alaska
From Tony Beets himself: Drill before you dig.

What that means?
It means you TEST the area before you go all balls in.

Job like that I would DIG the first hole myself, right then and there.
That way I would know what I am up against.
How to bid it, or if I even want to do it.

And if I don't want to do it the customer either gets a free hole or I can fill it right back in.
Because otherwise either you lose, or the customer does.
$55 a hole, that could mean anything.
You might run into hard granite-like rock several inches down and you got another foot to go, that never make it in a million years feeling sinks
in... Or the holes come out easy-peasy and you're laughing all the way to the bank while your customer realizes he's been robbed.

But I do agree, it shouldn't take more than 10-15 minutes a hole...
Except for the gravel base, that can stop all but a pickaxe or a backhoe.

When you're not sure TEST the job because blind bidding is a bad way of quoting.

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$55 is a little steep but $40/plant is reasonable if done right. I would overdig all the holes and then backfill each plant with a bagged topsoil mix. After pulling the pots off score all the roots as these will be badly root bound.
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$55 is a little steep but $40/plant is reasonable if done right. I would overdig all the holes and then backfill each plant with a bagged topsoil mix. After pulling the pots off score all the roots as these will be badly root bound.
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What if it only takes 5 minutes a hole, that $40 still all right with you?
What about the customer, do you think they might wise up to it?
Do you care if the customer pays too much?
Do you think the customer will?

You need to bid it right.
That means neither too high, nor too low.

If we don't know what the soil is like, we don't know how long it's going to take to dig a hole.
There's rocks, so it could take 5 minutes a hole or it could take 30...

Don't guess.

Bring a shovel, a pickaxe, and a wheel barrow.
Dig out the first hole for free.
Then you know.
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Old Today, 10:32 AM
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What if it only takes 5 minutes a hole, that $40 still all right with you?
What about the customer, do you think they might wise up to it?
Do you care if the customer pays too much?
Do you think the customer will?

You need to bid it right.
That means neither too high, nor too low.

If we don't know what the soil is like, we don't know how long it's going to take to dig a hole.
There's rocks, so it could take 5 minutes a hole or it could take 30...

Don't guess.
I'm not guessing, I'm using the supplied information and my experience. From that I would charge $40 per plant labor and materials, plus plants with my markup, plus the cost or remulching the area. If the customer can't afford this they can get some hack, or some amigos, or do it themselves.
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To the OP this is where money is made, just do it right and back up your work.
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I'm not guessing, I'm using the supplied information and my experience. From that I would charge $40 per plant labor and materials, plus plants with my markup, plus the cost or remulching the area. If the customer can't afford this they can get some hack, or some amigos, or do it themselves.
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And they'll call somebody else and you'll be out of that job and the lawn mowing part of the gig too.

Did you think about what happens when you go out there all confident bid your $40 a hole!
And the customer says "oh no, I was thinking more like $80 total.
What now?
Oh, you walk, I forgot.

When you don't have a clue, you can't turn in a successful bid.
They'll walk all over you.

I like to get what I bid, otherwise why bother, estimates cost time and thus money too.
If I dug the first hole and found out it took a solid hour with the customer there watching me sweat...
You think they're going to argue with me about the price?

Especially since I have my labor rates for equipment, hand tools such as pickaxe, shovel and barrow run $25 an hour.
$300 *IF* it takes an hour each, per hole.
But we don't know, do we?

No, we're still guessing.
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Herler or Knox?

Yeah, I'm gonna go with Knox here. Call me crazy.
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I learned one thing watching Gold Rush Alaska
From Tony Beets himself: Drill before you dig.

What that means?
It means you TEST the area before you go all balls in.

Job like that I would DIG the first hole myself, right then and there.
That way I would know what I am up against.
How to bid it, or if I even want to do it.

And if I don't want to do it the customer either gets a free hole or I can fill it right back in.
Because otherwise either you lose, or the customer does.
$55 a hole, that could mean anything.
You might run into hard granite-like rock several inches down and you got another foot to go, that never make it in a million years feeling sinks
in... Or the holes come out easy-peasy and you're laughing all the way to the bank while your customer realizes he's been robbed.

But I do agree, it shouldn't take more than 10-15 minutes a hole...
Except for the gravel base, that can stop all but a pickaxe or a backhoe.

When you're not sure TEST the job because blind bidding is a bad way of quoting.
That is what I would do also. Get an idea of what soil you are working with if you are not real experienced at planting plants in that area. There are HUGE ranges of soil in my area everything from a soft easy to work with to a very hard and rocky that needs a pick to break up and a lot of new soil put in its place. The cost differences would be wide ranging. I am pretty familiar just by knowing the areas of the towns I work in but if you are not experienced then it is hard to tell by just looking. Just my $.02
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