Does anyone xeriscape?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by agm, Mar 8, 2006.

  1. agm

    agm LawnSite Member
    from NM
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    I need to place a bid on a job that includes laying gravel, no plants. How much do I charge? I know how to charge for the material, but what about the labor? Please help!
     
  2. hoskm01

    hoskm01 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Any more info on the job? Using a tractor? By hand? No plants, must not be a drip system, how many sq ft? Pics? I do a lot of xeriscape here, could lend some info.
     
  3. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
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    The old formula we used to use is one man can move and spread 2-tons of granite in 1 hour that is within a reasonable distance from the pile say150-200' max. You also need to figure in grading. The last few years I have had trouble getting more than 1.5 per hr but I used to have full time landscapers now I have maintenance guys that do a few improvement jobs so they are not as fast. A unit price is a good way to go. I think the going rate here is 60-65 bucks a ton .1-ton of granite 1/2"-3/4" covers 150 sq ft 2"-4" 1/4"minus covers about 125 sq ft. Shop your rock, their is as much as 2.00 per ton difference here in town depending on who you call.
     
  4. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
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    Real Xeriscape does include plants..just ones that can survive after being established in areas with very little water..it also includes design elements just like any other landscape..so what your doing is just putting down gravel..I would not put that under the title of Xeriscape.Xeriscapes can be very involved and beutifull landscapes if done properly
     
  5. agm

    agm LawnSite Member
    from NM
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    I guess I shouldn't call it really xeriscaping. MY BAD. The guy has some shrubs and small plants but wants them removed and just wants gravel layed. I will be putting sod in some of the places also and I know how to charge for that but laying gravel is something I don't typically do. Thats why I was asking for help. I don't know if i am supposed to charge by the sq. ft. or by the hour or what. The total square footage is 590. I will also be done by hand since it's not that big of an area.
     
  6. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
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    You need to tell us how much gravel..how many yards and if you are providing the material to the job or what.Usually applying a yard of gravel runs $75.00 a yard..that includes the gravel but you need to tell us how much you are paying for the gravel.
    because we usually charge by the amount of gravel applied not the sq'
     
  7. hoskm01

    hoskm01 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Agreed. Is the total area for gravel 590? If so, your in for an easy job for 1 man for the day. You can easily do 5 tons in a day by hand. Have you considered pre-emergent before you put the rock down, any weed barrier? Gardener, you must be able to stretch that rock pretty far. I only do 110-115 ft per ton, depending on the size of course.
     
  8. Paradise Landscapes

    Paradise Landscapes LawnSite Senior Member
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    Just on a side note, What kind of gravel is at that price?
    I normally use #57 river stone on Average. Just Curious.
     
  9. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
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    1/4"crushed at 30.00 a yard
     
  10. hoskm01

    hoskm01 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Sheshovel,
    We use tons here to measure, do you know what the tonnage is per yard, for comparison, for say, 1/4"crushed?
     

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