Your Tree/Shrub Install Policy??

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Tim Wright, Dec 9, 2006.

  1. Tim Wright

    Tim Wright LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What is your tree/shrub install pricing policy?

    Do you double the price of the plant for install and then what percentage
    of the plant price to you add for the warranty?

    Also, do you buy quantities and have them shipped, or one yard at a time and pick up the order and add say $100.00 per yard for pickup fee?

    Thanks

    Tim
     
  2. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
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    Since my two suppliers are located right in town & really close to most of my clientel, I usually just charge what their prices are for retail. I got tired of people asking me why they should go w/ me (@ a higher price) when they can buy directly from the grower.

    As for yard - are you talking mulch now? If I had room, I would buy a truck load of mulch @ the beginning of the season. I go through a couple hundred yards of mulch a year anyways so the more you buy at once, the better the price you can get. Your price for pick-up sounds reasonable depending on how far you have to travel for delivery.
     
  3. Tim Wright

    Tim Wright LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have my prices settled for mulch.

    I am working up an estimate for a builder that I have not done work for in the past. All other work to this point has not been with a planting package.

    Mulch and bedding soil is charged double as in stalled.

    Other's say charge double the price for warranty but then others say why would anyone pay that rather than install it themselves or hire someone cheaper, just as you have run into.

    I could also just charge a flat fee of $30.00 to install a tree or shrub, although I would use a post hole auger on the tractor to sink the holes for the trees. I guess I am not sure how long it usually takes to plant a tree.

    What I like to get per hour is $65.00, no matter what I am doing. I do not always get that, but that is what I shoot for.

    In another I figured 15 minutes to plant trees and shrubs, and if that is accurate then maybe a $30.00 flat fee is too much.

    What do you think?

    Thank you,

    Tim
     
  4. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
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    If you will be working constantly for them, I would charge them less of an hourly rate - maybe $45 or $50. If you are only charging double on your cost, does that include installation? If so, he is getting a deal. Look @ it this way: when you hire an electrition to do a job, you expect them to double their cost & then charge you an hourly rate on top of that, right? Why not do that in our line of business? You can't always start out that way, but it's worth striving for. I would do it for less if I knew I had a guaruntee for more work from them on a continuing basis
     
  5. Tim Wright

    Tim Wright LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thanks,

    That is what I figure also.

    Tim
     
  6. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
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    Example:

    "Customer" wants a screening

    (5) Cryptomeria 'Yoshino' 6-7'
    @ $225 each = $1,125 x 2 = $2,250

    (1) Yard mulch
    @ $100

    (1) Yard compost
    @$100

    = $2,450.......I would do the job for $2,600.
     
  7. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
    from usa
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    I would charge $1700 for that job w/ 8' bnb cryptomerias(85 each) and be done by 12:00 and gross $1000 for 10 man hours. If they were containers, it would take even less time.
     
  8. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Posts: 3,497

    They are containers........25 gal

    A 8' Cryptomeria bnb is a minimum of $275 here and as much as $350.......where are you located and how can you get them so cheap? Is that regular price? Where I used to work what I listed above would have been over $3,000 for sure. I don't know your area but I'm in northern VA.
     
  9. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
    from usa
    Posts: 5,407

    Ga... yeah it is about regular price for some 8' field grown.
     
  10. crzymow

    crzymow LawnSite Senior Member
    from Pa
    Posts: 378

    Yep, its all about where u live on what things cost, thats why its hard for someone to give their prices to someone else.
     

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