Help with estimate.

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by polecat63, Oct 11, 2004.

  1. polecat63

    polecat63 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,655

    Hi all,
    I know everyone is busy this time of year , but a little imput would be nice. Here are the particulars...
    Remove 5 boxwoods (4' tall) and 4 hollies(5' tall).
    Shape four new beds, approx. 700 square feet.
    install the following plants...
    1 Spring boquet Viburnum, 1 Weeping Cherry tree 1.5", 5 Mountain Fire Pieris 3 gal., 3 Sweet Box (Sarcoccoa) 2 gal., 8 Siskiyou Pink Guara 1 gal, 1 Winter Daphne (odora) 3 gal., 100 Lillyturf (mondograss) 1 gal, 1 Red Dragon Japenese Maple, 32 Harbor Dwarf Nandina 3 gal., 34 Blue Lyme Grass 3 gal, and 6 Dwarf Fountain Grass 3 gal.
    5 yards of mulch, and will need about two yards of compost to mix in the beds.
    This is all in the front yard and easy access. The only thing remaining of the old landscape will be three Crepe Myrtles.
     
  2. o-so-n-so

    o-so-n-so LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 1,218

    Labor only.............1200.00

    You and a good helper..1 eight hour day easy............
     
  3. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Posts: 4,900

    about $1800 plants plus $100-$200 for mulch & compost then labor $700 for bed edging at a buck a ft. I would be bidding it at $5500-$6000 total

    Mac
     
  4. Coffeecraver

    Coffeecraver LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA.
    Posts: 793

    1 Spring boquet Viburnum 18-24” 15.00 15.00 37.50
    1 Weeping Cherry tree 1 1/2 125.00 125.00 312.50
    5 Mountain Fire Pieris 3 Gal 18.00 90.00 225.00
    3 Sweet Box (Sarcoccoa) 2 Gal 4.50 13.50 33.75
    3 Siskiyou Pink Guara 1Gal 1Gal 5.50 16.50 41.25
    1 Winter Daphne(odora) 3Gal 28.00 28.00 70.00
    100 Lillyturf (mondograss) 1Gal 5.00 500.00 1250.00
    1 Red Dr. Japenese Maple 5-6’ 125.00 125.00 312.50
    32 Harbor Dwarf Nandina 3 Gal 12.50 400.00 1000.00
    34 Blue Lyme Grass 3 Gal 4.50 153.00 382.50
    6 Dwarf Fountain Grass 3 Gal 11.50 69.00 172.50
    6 Shredded Hwd Mulch Yd 21.50 129.00 322.50
    2 Compost Yd 27.00 54.00 135.00

    700’ Edging bed creation Foot 1.50 1050.00 1050.00


    Total $ 5,345.00


    Remove 5 boxwoods (4' tall) and 4 hollies(5' tall).

    If you will be removing the stumps with these
    The easiest way is a stump grinder Rental plus 65.00 hr.
    If removing by hand 65.00 per hour.
     
  5. GardenofWeeden

    GardenofWeeden LawnSite Member
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    Head to Bennets Creek in Suffolk for your plants. Go to a City Landfill for mulch, which incidently all Retail Nurseries get their supplies from in Newport News, and then bid according to difficulty and time vested. What is your target profit margin?
     
  6. Coffeecraver

    Coffeecraver LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA.
    Posts: 793


    The plants I figured wholesale from local nursery
    The total cost of plants at the nursery is about 2768.00

    This leaves the total income just from plants at 2577.00
    Everything else is an extra.

    The mulch is cheaper if picked up

    I would never use dump mulch on my jobs
     
  7. polecat63

    polecat63 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,655

    Thanks all. My bid is $5,500. Just wanted to make sure I was in the right ballpark. Thanks again for taking the time !!!

    Gardenofweedin,
    I get my plantsfrom Bennets Creek and Lancaster Farms. Between the two they usually have everything I need. And since they are right across the street from each other it's really convenient. :) I know the mulch from the landfill i cheaper, but I don't like the quality. I'll pay a little more to get grade 1 or 2 mulch.
     
  8. polecat63

    polecat63 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Coffecraver, total cost for plants will run me about $1600. Plus I'll get about $180 of that back as a voucher for more plants.
     
  9. GardenofWeeden

    GardenofWeeden LawnSite Member
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    Peninsula Hardwood Mulch, Ken Matthews and Anderson's buy their mulch from Newport News Compost Facility. Their Top Soil w/Conditioner is sold at $16.00 picked-up. Or you can pick it up at Peninsula Hardwood Mulch for $28.00. I see the retail trucks in the Facility all the time and haven't purchased one item from any of mentioned places since. Also, during Hurricane Isabel, Peninsula Hardwood Mulch received free mulch from Kingsmill and sold the mulch for $18.00 a yard. It happens all the time and since I talk with the drivers of the trucks...I feel better about my choice.
    Not sure how it is below the tunnels, but NN Compost Facility supplies most of the retailers up here.
    Since I was made aware of this I make a killing from three different kinds of mulch and soil amendments. I honestly have not had one problem with Newport News product. York facility I can't say the same about...they are still smoothing their operation out. Just info and healthy competition to keep life exciting. :dizzy:
     
  10. polecat63

    polecat63 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,655

    The compost from the landfill in Va Beach is top notch and priced right. The mulch is good when you need volume and aren't worried about appearance, but just fades way too fast. The peeps I get it from are supplied by companies in Carolina and the grade 1 is absolutely beautiful. I occasionally have jobs across the water so I'll have to keep NN in mind. Thanks for the info.
     

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