1. Missed the live Ask the Expert event?
    Not to worry. Check out the archived thread of the Q&A with Ken Hutcheson, President of U.S. Lawns, and the LawnSite community on the Franchising Forum.

    Dismiss Notice

What to charge for plant install?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by alpine692003, May 14, 2004.

  1. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,502

    How would you guys charge to install plants/flowers/shrubs?

    And when you go out and buy the plants/flowers/shrubs at a nursery, do you markup the material? IF SO, by how much?
     
  2. twins_lawn_care

    twins_lawn_care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 932

    Generally I mark up any materials/plants/shrubs 10%, and then charge hourly as always for install, based on how long it will take me.

    so for a $50 tree, my cost, I'll charge the customer $55, plus say 1 hour labor to install, so $110 total.
     
  3. rmartin

    rmartin LawnSite Member
    from mass
    Posts: 204

    i usually mark material up 75-100% depending on what I paid for the material. If you are a landscaper that has accounts with wholesale companies then you can make a good $$$$ on the material. I also charge a hourly fee of 60.00. If its an easy job Ill do the pricing that way. If it is a POA job i'll add a little more to cover my headaches. Also be aware that you have to warranty your plants too.
     
  4. jajwrigh

    jajwrigh LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Martinsville, IN
    Posts: 1,405

    I use a mark up of 15%-25% depending on where I buy it plus an hourly labor rate.
     
  5. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,502

    YOU must warranty your plants? for how long?

    How do you warranty your plants? Do you tell them you will warranty your plants if you take care of them?
     
  6. hole in one lco

    hole in one lco LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,795

    All plants are warranted for one year if i maintain them.

    Find out were to get your nursery lic its 75.00 but you get plants wholesale.

    I just did a job for 2000.00 plants cost me 200.00. If i would have went to the nursery they would have cost me 600.00 get the lic
     
  7. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,502

    Another question, I have this customer in her roof patio is where she wants to install plants.

    Right now there is potting soil in it, can you install azaleas, emerald cedars, boxwoods, flowers in potting soil?

    I suggested to her to remove the potting soil and add fresh new topsoil in her little patio garden bed!
     
  8. hole in one lco

    hole in one lco LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,795

    different plant need different soil azaleas need acidic soil
     
  9. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,502

    I dont think azalea's will be a good idea anymore.. I just realized that their roots are pretty strong and wild and if I were to plant them in her patio it willscrew her patio up, lol
     

Share This Page