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  1. Bidding, Estimating and Pricing
    This question is about recurring residential lawn mowing service. Does anybody have a dollars-to-miles rule you like to use for rate hikes at the borders of your service area? Assume this is for lawns that you know can be cut efficiently. I'm trying to pretty-much limit our mowing service...
  2. Employment
    Hey Everyone..first post here. Excited to join the community, but unfortunate has to be under these circumstances. So I've used the H2B program for years. Got lucky I guess last year with the lottery, but got screwed this year. Was group B, did everything right but still didn't get get my...
  3. Professional Discussions
    I have a driveway that im going to resurface with 5/8 crushed rock. The total area of the driveway is 3540sq ft, materials is gonna cost me about 350, and i was curious as to how much you guys would charge for a job like this, they also want it compacted with a compacter, i was thinking 1000...
  4. Hardscaping
    I have a driveway that im going to resurface with 5/8 crushed rock. The total area of the driveway is 3540sq ft, materials is gonna cost me about 350, and i was curious as to how much you guys would charge for a job like this, they also want it compacted with a compacter, i was thinking 1000...
  5. Hardscaping
    How many manhours to build a 60 sq ft block garden bed? It's on a slope so it will require a little bit of digging to level out the sides and bottom. It's rectangular, 15 feet long, 6 feet wide, and 2 feet tall on one side. The other side will be a part of the slope, so it will only have a row...
  6. Hardscaping
    Hey guys! Just a curious question: how do you figure your labor when you do a landscaping project? Do you just estimate based on the difficulty of the job? Do you estimate by the hour? Do you have a certain percentage of the overall cost that you us to figure it? What's your method?
  7. Landscape Maintenance
    I have a quote I need to get back to a customer and she has bought all the plants and good soil will already be ready to use for the plants. I'll I have to do is dig holes, and plant. (25) 5 gallon and (8) 15 gallon. I charge $40 per man hour. I figure I can do (4) 5 gal. plants per hour and (2)...
  8. Christmas Trees & Seasonal
    Hey all, Anyone out there do any Commercial Holiday Decor? Looking for some insight into how you may calculate labor costs and overhead. Hourly fees that might be standard, etc.. A local mall has submitted a Request For Proposal from us, and I am just curious how you guys go about charging...
  9. Employment
    We are located in Manhattan, Kansas and have several positions available. Full time turf and lawn maintenance technician needed. Applicants must be 18 years of age, have a valid drivers license and pass a pre-employment drug test. Experience preferred but not necessary. Competitive wages...
  10. Employment
    Currently looking for an individual to work 3 days a week (Thur, Fri, Sat) on our maintenance route. Duties include operating equipment, providing an exceptional service to a variety of cliental, keeping equipment and trucks clean and free of garbage, and providing a great level of customer...
  11. Business Operations
    My pricing is pretty competitive around where I live. I am just curious to how it compares to some of you. I had a job yesterday, just a simple mulch job where we pulled & sprayed weeds, then laid mulch. Here's what we did: 35 bags of mulch @ 2.80/bag (that's with tax) 1.6 hrs of labor (1hr...
  12. Turf Renovation
    What is the going rate for labor on sod installation in Illinois ?
  13. Business Operations
    I'm a solo guy right now, been in business for 9 months. Hoping to expand in 2013 and at least add one part time or full time employee. What are the current hourly rates to PAY employees in this industry, in this area? Right now I do mowing only, but am adding shrubs, aeration, cleanups, etc...
  14. Landscape Architecture and Design-Build
    hey guys been doing landscaping for quite some time, trying to get into more plantings and what not. here is a list of what needs to go in.. maybe you can give me a price of what i should charge for the plants and install? any help would be greatly appreciated!!! Red Sunset Maple 2.5-3"...
  15. Lawn Mowing
    One of my customers recently asked me what my hourly charge was to trim some hedges, I said I could do it $20 an hour. I wanted to give him a good rate because he is really nice and I thought the job would be easy, with woods to dump in about 10 feet away. He just sent me a check for last...
  16. Employment
    I've never had more trained people wanting labor positions than this season. I'm all full up and had 155 calls in two days time and even lowered my pay from $100/day to $75/day! How's the hiring going around the country...I'd be interested in hearing from you. Here in the Midwest...you can...
  17. Lawn Mowing
    I've had the same crew for several years now working mainly the same route, a landscape maintenance route. On average they (2 employees, 1 52" Z, 1 48" walk behind, and several trimmers, blowers etc.) take roughly 45 min. to mow an hour per acre for the both of them. That includes trimming...
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