Watering trees and planting pots

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Barrett Landscaping, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. Barrett Landscaping

    Barrett Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I am bidding on few contracts for town squares this year that involves watering tree squares and planting pots as part of it. These are all along busy roads for the most part. In particular, one has 18 large 25-30 gallon waist size pots that need to be watered 3x weekly in the summer and fall. Im having trouble on the best way to figure into bidding this given the time to load the water, cost of water, and then actual watering with all the stopping and starting of watering them individually with the tank in the back of my truck. Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. ToddH

    ToddH LawnSite Silver Member
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    First labor cost then productivity then equipment.

    Those interiorscape folks do it.
     
  3. Barrett Landscaping

    Barrett Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I guess what im asking more is some insight from people who have done it before already... I know what my rates are but not the effective pricing strategy to carry it out given the factor of traffic and such
     
  4. ToddH

    ToddH LawnSite Silver Member
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    That is the productivity part of the equation. on the equipment side are you going to be hauling the water feeding the trees and potted plants from the tank so your truck has to creep along the side walks? Is there a lot of curb side parking in the way. Sounds like it but hard to tell from the info you have provided.
     
  5. Barrett Landscaping

    Barrett Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    noi would have to put on my hazards and strobes and park on the street to do it. Yes I will be hauling the water.
     
  6. ToddH

    ToddH LawnSite Silver Member
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    Will you have to work around parked cars and traffic? If so this is a 5 AM start time job.
     
  7. Barrett Landscaping

    Barrett Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yes. I was already figuring that it would be an early morning kind of thing. Even then its got some traffic going on.
     
  8. Barrett Landscaping

    Barrett Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    So i know that there should definitely be a PITA fee figured into it for sure.
     
  9. ToddH

    ToddH LawnSite Silver Member
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    So yes, there is a PITA or access concern.
    How many times will you have to refill? How close is the water?

    If you make one of the trips on Saturday it might be easier but then you are working on the weekend.

    How big are these trees and other pots? How long will it take and how much water. There really is a lot of questions. Do you have to replace dead plant material? How mature are the plantings? The younger the trees the greater the chance at losing some.

    All I can do is help you think this through.
     
  10. Barrett Landscaping

    Barrett Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Its all new plants that are in the planters. I will be able to do it in one trip. Plant replacement is not on me. It will need to be done 3x a week in the heat season July-October. We work on the weekends already anyways. As said before the pots are 25-30 gallon waist high pots.
     

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