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Price check on shrub planting.

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by The mayor, Jul 22, 2007.

  1. The mayor

    The mayor LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 592

    I will be planting 11 burberry shrubs. just wondering what everyone would charge for that. Reason why I am asking is the business I am doing it for jumped at the price. Here is breakdown. The shrubs were 29.00 each and I get a 35% discount from that. With my time and travel and having a employee do all the planting I came in at $415.00.
  2. prizeprop

    prizeprop LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 820

    Too cheap.Shrubs alone will cost you $207.35 With discount, any sales tax?And you shouldnt pass that along to the customer. So really $ 319.00 for shrubs, that leaves you $96.00 and you still have to pay employee, gas, other overhead,etc. Any gaurentee?
  3. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
    from usa
    Posts: 5,407

    Are they 3 gallon shrubs? I would think if they were they would be about $10-$12.
  4. jrlandscaping781

    jrlandscaping781 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 54

    My cost for Crymson Barberry is $15 plus tax. My total install cost is $44. So 11 X $44 = $484 (plus $25 delivery fee for jobs under $500) So grand total cost to customer is $509

    $165 plant cost
    $5 fertilizer
    $20 Gas


    $509 - $190 = $319 profit for 3 hr job

    Keep in mind plants are guaranteed as well
  5. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,231

    Our barberries cost $10 apiece.
  6. Coffeecraver

    Coffeecraver LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA.
    Posts: 793

    my price is 797.50:)
  7. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,210

    We mark materials up 150% after tax. For plant we charge between 165 & 175% with a markup depending on what it is. Barberry are extremely hardy so I'll say 165% with one year plant guarantee.

    Therefore my plant material will be 367, assuming two yards of mulch that would be an additional $160 (installed), then I'll assume 2 men, two hours at 40 per hour. So my cost would be around 700 without knowing traveling cost and the like.
  8. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
    from Detroit
    Posts: 3,556

    My price would be 785.65. You just cut your own throat.
  9. bam

    bam LawnSite Senior Member
    from .
    Posts: 261

    around $780.
  10. The mayor

    The mayor LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 592

    Well,I just low balled that one on one of my regular customers. Thanks all for your insight and explaination on why you charge what you charge.

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