charge for lawn removal?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by mikefromny, May 14, 2006.

  1. mikefromny

    mikefromny LawnSite Member
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    740 square feet lady wants it removed and put in those rocks , how would you go about billing on this job charge her per square foot to remove the grass ? than put plastic down and fill with rocks >? anybody got any prices for me on the what you would charge for the whole thing by rocks i mean those small red ones , to removed 740 square ft of grass , put the plastic down and fill in with rocks
     
  2. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    dunno but I'd load the backpack sprayer with a mid-range concentration of round-up and spray the whole thing.
    The black plastic is worthless POS crap, thou I guess it might be worth it in a rock bed, dunno... Then, the rocks, omg those things weigh a ton per cubic yard and you'll need, I dunno, 6-8 or 10 cubes of rocks or thereabouts, depends on size (the smaller the pebble, the less cubes you need for even cover).
     
  3. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
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    sod cutter and then haul away the old sod chemical app of Sahara to sterilize the dirt weed netting and the rock. I'd start at 2K for labor and figure UP from there
     
  4. brjohnso

    brjohnso LawnSite Member
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    2,000 for labor for a job that won't even take a full day? What are you guys making... 700,000 ?
     
  5. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
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    You get free equipment? free fuel? free insurence? free dumping? free trucks? and someone supplying you with free money for your retirement?

    Dam I need to move to Tenn. and get me one of those FREE money trees :dizzy:
     
  6. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Wont even take a full day? You are crazy fella.

    Im with Olderthandirt on the method. Skip the plastic part though.
     
  7. PMLAWN

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
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    WOW you work fast!!!
    740 foot of sod--cut, removed, and disposed of and still have time to pick up and spread 7 yards of stone in the same day, you are my hero!
     
  8. brjohnso

    brjohnso LawnSite Member
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    You get free equipment? free fuel? free insurence? free dumping? free trucks? and someone supplying you with free money for your retirement?

    Those are all expenses... maybe that's where we got on the wrong foot. If you hire a couple guys @ 10 or 12 a hour, this could be done easily in one day. Those are all considered expenses and should not be counted as a part of labor.
     
  9. freddyc

    freddyc LawnSite Senior Member
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    Rent a skid steer--$250 /day

    Remove old material-- about 7 yards takes < 2hrs w/skid--guy 2 trims edges as required.

    Squirt w/ chemical if you want-- 30 minutes- $50

    Lay fabric-- 2 hrs- 2 guys-- $100 material cost

    Pay for stone (pre-delivered) $500??

    Move stone w/ skid-- <2hrs--have guy 2 spread evenly

    Dump material in dump truck and haul away-- 1 hr loading--$100 trucking fee

    Pay disposal fee-- $100

    So $1100 plus 2 men for a day at $ (your rate--?--about $800 total) = $1900 total job. Add $100 beer money and your home at 4pm and she loves her red rock.
     
  10. brjohnso

    brjohnso LawnSite Member
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    Exactly... your estimate provides for a total cost of $2000 with rental equipment, hauling fees, stone, and fabric with labor already included. I was only asking how someone could charge $2000 in labor alone and still have a good percentage of landing the job.
     

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