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Pricing Commercial and Residential

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by GreaterMilwLawnscape, Aug 10, 2002.

  1. GreaterMilwLawnscape

    GreaterMilwLawnscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 55

    Hey Lawn Care professionals, I recently started my business this summer and have started not expecting to be in business till next year but everything went myway and I started. I have worked at a country club in Milwaukee for over 2 years and I am known there for great service and a postively memorable experience. Mothers day of this year one of my friends dads who owns a very large management company and owns and leases hundreds of buildings. So I started with that and things grew and I opened my mouth to members of the club. And have had a great response and many have asked for my services this or next year. I have just a few have a few questions of what you guys are charging so that im competitive with other lawn and landscape companies in my area.

    1. What do you charge for a large home on about an acre with alot of trimming, the house is approx 450,000??

    2. What do you charge for a business on 2 acres??

    3. How do you go about charging for hedging bushes, and trees and cutting down trees??

    4. What do you charge for putting in mulch beds around trees, lets say with a radius of 4ft around a tree with/ out materials?

    5. Ive been putting in alot of mulch beds and I have been using a weed barrier and black edging, but im buying it from Home Depot, is there somewhere else that contractors can get that kind of materials for cheaper??

    Thanks to everyone for listening and for the responses, I look forward to hearing what you have to say!

  2. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
    Posts: 1,405

    1.for basic maintenance, $120.

    2.$140,w/minimal trimming

    3.by the hour, estimate the time it takes to do the job then give total, don't give your hourly rate.


    5. don't use it if you are going to maintain it.....use it (commercial grade) if you are not going to be the one maintaining it
  3. $15 to dig all the sod out and edge a 4' radius around a tree. I got lot's of work for you at that price just to dig it out.

    Explain#5 better, why? and why not?

    #1 and #2 is that price for a month or a cut, if a month what does it include?
  4. GreaterMilwLawnscape

    GreaterMilwLawnscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 55

    Based on a weekly basis it takes about an hour to cut, trim, blow with just one person, then the owner also has me cut his busines which is 2 acres and takes about 2 hours to do. so please let me know what you think??
  5. GreaterMilwLawnscape

    GreaterMilwLawnscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 55

    5. A 4ft radius is a 8ft circle from one side to the other and to put the landscape fabric down and the black edging in and mulch on top of that. I wont be maintaining it. How much should i charge per tree????
  6. I ment greenman on those.

    Now that we have some sort of times there is a possablity for a more accurate pricing scale.

    First I don't know your overhead, but around $45 to $60 an hour is pretty good.

    So #1 = $50 a cut and #2 = $100 a cut

    I could never price the tree ring sight un seen. Nor would I give a per a tree price. I do those Time and Man hours being billed by the hour except for supplies and the mulch I have a flat fee.
  7. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
    Posts: 1,405

    the $15?-I was talking about just to lay the mulch, assuming it was already prepped-
    #1 and #2- per cut, just rough estimate to give him an idea- never bid without going over the property or measuring-
  8. crazygator

    crazygator LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,048

    Ok I will help you out. But you still have to find out if what your area prices are and what the market can stand:

    1) $ 50 - $65
    2) $ 150 - $175
    3) $ 45 per hour hedge trimming / $ 60 per hour cutting and removing trees
    4) $ 45 - $ 55 per yard for mulch/delivery/install
    5) I havent found a fabric that is good enough to install that really works around here.

    Now that I have done all your thinking work for you, just start sending me my weekly check's ok?
  9. bababooie

    bababooie LawnSite Member
    Posts: 134

    why even ask this question when you will get answers from all over the country,how will that help you from where you are located?

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