Prices for landscaping services

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by bass is good, Mar 24, 2010.

  1. bass is good

    bass is good LawnSite Member
    Posts: 5

    I have a small lawn/landscape company in Jacksonville, FL. I am curious what everybody is charging for landscaping services. What do you guys normally charge for the following :

    Mulching- per cu yd - cost is around 23.00 per yard

    Sod work - do you charge for killing old grass/weeds, tilling, sod removal,
    ground prep, sod installation separately or one charge per
    pallet for everything? What about small jobs where you have to
    buy sod by the piece? Prices for a pallet have dropped in the last
    year - now about 70.00 per pallet.

    Plants - 1 gal, 3 gal ,5 gal, etc. Some plants are more expensive than
    others. Do you have a flat labor fee on each plant?

    Trees - Same as with plants- do you charge a flat labor fee based on the
    size? Do you mark up the price of the plant/tree?

    Dirt - topsoil, fill dirt, sand etc. What is your labor charge for this?

    Irrigation - what do you charge to inspect an irrigation system? Do you
    charge by the zone? How much to replace heads, pop-ups, large
    rotors, etc. Hourly rate? Mark-up on supplies?

    I would greatly appreciate any feedback form you. I just have a feeling that I tend to underestimate and underprice so I would like an idea of the general standards out there that everybody is getting. Thanks a lot !!
  2. Turf Logic

    Turf Logic LawnSite Member
    Posts: 243

    Cost of materials + overhead+burden=cost, then add the percentage on the job you want to make. You wil lose job after job bidding by the plant or per anything pretty much. When times were good I use to bid three times the cost of materials and that was always more than enough profit however in this market it is next to impossible to get that.
  3. brianslawncare

    brianslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 457

    the mulch is that what you are paying or selling it for? around here mulch cost us 25to27 a yard and thats a discount.
  4. tedblackwood

    tedblackwood LawnSite Member
    Posts: 16

    $35-50 per man hour plus materials.

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