How to charge for pulling and planting shrubs

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by jayycrew, Feb 1, 2006.

  1. jayycrew

    jayycrew LawnSite Member
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    I normally charge around $45.00 an hr to do shrub trimming or bed prepping. When a customer needs for ex: 8 5 gal boxwood and 8 7 gal Indiana Houthorns what should I charge?
     
  2. LandscapePro

    LandscapePro LawnSite Member
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  3. jayycrew

    jayycrew LawnSite Member
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    Why would I need to contact TDA?
     
  4. mrbray101

    mrbray101 LawnSite Senior Member
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    probably refering to you needing a landscape contractor license...im not sure just a guess. As far as price, I would just estimate how long each task will take and use your hourly rate you normally charge.
     
  5. Bigtreeman

    Bigtreeman LawnSite Member
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    Easy man just mark up the plant (3.5) maybe...

    here is an example

    3 gallon Hosta $19.99 charge $60 planted

    All depends on the job, client and so on and your experiance. Dont charge alot unless you can do a proffesional job.
     
  6. Frontier-Lawn

    Frontier-Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    the nurshery i go to gives me 10% off the retail. i would find a place like that. then charge retail to the customer
     
  7. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
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    I dont know cuz I dont know the planting situation.
    But just for the planting in easy soil with no amending needed I would probably charge $200.00
    thats without the plants or your markup on the plants
     
  8. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
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    You don't want to do it that way..you will never make any money that way..you need to mark up your plants at the very least 25% and keep your money from your discount at the nursery as well
     
  9. Frontier-Lawn

    Frontier-Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    right now i do fine on pocket cash. its just me and if i need help i call my brother.
     
  10. 04silverado

    04silverado LawnSite Member
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    I asked a local guy in the business the other day, for my own info, and he told me one and a half times the retail price of the plant. Example 75.00 total to plant one 50 dollar shrub or tree, your cost may be lower but you nursery should give you a retail and wholesale price list.
     

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