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How much to charge for decorative rock?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by makbootzy, Mar 22, 2011.

  1. makbootzy

    makbootzy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 69

    I have a 225 sqft needs old mulch removed and fabric put down. I will be putting 2.5 ton of rock down. Do you charge double the cost of rock? So 275 to prchase and 275 for labor?
  2. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,652

    Figure time it will take to do the job, multiply that by your hourly rate (mine would probably be 75 b/c its backbreaking) and go from there. I would also charge a delivery fee and a 20% markup on your costs. Hope that helps
  3. Southern Elegance

    Southern Elegance LawnSite Member
    Posts: 241

    rock cost, plus 20%markup, plus delivery, plus 145.00/ ton labor
  4. makbootzy

    makbootzy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 69

    I told him $550 for removal of mulch and put down fabric and 3 ton. He said he needed to talk to the wife.

    fabric $11 x 2 = $22
    Rock $85 x 3 = $255
    Materials = $277
    Labor = $273
    and out of my labor profit was gonna be a dump charge and gas to make 3 trips to get rock. I think the estimate was fair and wont beat myself up over it if the low baller works for next to nothing.
  5. LoweJ82

    LoweJ82 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 365

    from what Ive figured out the "talk to the wife" is either a cop out w/o saying he thinks its to much or you will be hearing from the wife through the husband and can turn into a real pita.

    Fabric I noticed you have listed 2x$11 @$22 is this the stuff that comes in the rolls wrapped in plastic? if so ditch them and use the stuff they sell at the yard where you pick up your rock, the pre rolled crap is paper and you can see through it, the stuff the yard will or should have will be a woven nylon like a grass seed bag and will have a felt like fabric on one side.

    Rock I charge for delivery, labor time, mark up above retail by 10% since its already discounted below retail buy at least 20% and also for the prep work.
  6. Solaris Landscaping

    Solaris Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 12

    i agree you should pad the rock/fabric (dont use that junk from home depot) charges a bit and i would break down the labour into two parts, one for the removal, and one for the installation.

    SCAPEASAURUSREX LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 835

    OK.. Have you established an hourly rate for landscape work ? If so yeah just figure out how long you think it will take and with how many guys. If you have a good supplier that gives you a good discount you may only need to charge retail, most clients will know or find out what materials cost, especially the way the economy has been, people are price conscience more than they have been in the past. Dont hurt yourself but educate yourself as if you were the client. Find out what the yard will charge you to deliver the materials to the job site, may be cheaper to pay a delivery fee than spend your time making three trips back and fourth to get it. and figure in that delivery charge along with QUALITY fabric underlayment, I would add maybe a 10% bump to your labor estimate just to allow for mistakes, delays, under estimating quantity of materials and so fourth.
  8. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,441

    Hi, I wonder if you have to remove the mulch? If there are plants there you can throw down some fertilizer, lay down the fabric and just cover the rocks.

    I hate doing more work than I have to.

    Also, I don't think I saw a rock depth. Our landscape standard is minimum 3 inch depth over the fabric.

    I cubic yard should cover about 10 foot by 10 foot 3 inches deep, or there abouts.
    That's how I look at things.
  9. LoweJ82

    LoweJ82 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 365

    around here its sold by the ton and not by the cubic yard, a "ton" of 1"- will cover a little more than 100 sq ft.
  10. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,441

    So, a ton is about a cubic yard of gravel? O.K.

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