5 Trees in the back yard

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by SERRICO, Sep 13, 2004.


    SERRICO LawnSite Member
    from TX
    Messages: 94

    Customer wants to plant 5 trees (possibly magnolia tree)in the back yard.
    How much would you charge?
    Trees are about 6' tall.
  2. mbricker

    mbricker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 505

    In this area, several of the nurseries will plant free if customer buys 3 or more. Hope your market treats you better than that.
  3. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,925

    Are you buying the trees or is the customer?
    What type of soil?
    If you are buying what type of warranty, if any, do you give?
    Just for planting I charge 15.00 per tree under 10' and it goes up from there. so for 5 trees planted would be 75 bucks. Maybe take an hour or so pending the soil type and how easy it is to dig. good luck.
  4. KurtisInIowa

    KurtisInIowa LawnSite Member
    Messages: 60

    Depends on how big the balls are. If they are 500lb root balls, then $75 ain't gonna cut it. That's fine if we are talking about 10gal. pots.
  5. Coffeecraver

    Coffeecraver LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA.
    Messages: 793

    412.50 total installation
  6. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,968


    Tree can go any price depending on the quality. If you buy the trees and install them with a one year grantee, then you must charge 2,5 times retail price to cover you butt. Never install them for less than 2 times retail.

    Things to look for when buying trees

    Strong straight central Leader.

    Symmetrical scaffolding branches with good spread.

    Large root ball, watch this closely in container grown trees. Often they have curled roots because of not being bumped soon enough. If the pot seems small for the size of the tree then it is not a good buy. I personal like Field grown trees.

    Of course good general over all health.

    There are many varieties of Magnolia Grandiflora. Little Gem is a semi Dwarf that grows slow. The under side of the leaf is more brown in color while the top of the leaf is shine green like all Magnolias. Southern Magnolia are a full size variety and can grow over a 100 feet high.

    Now there are so many varieties of Magnolias that I don't have time to tell you about all of them.

    Good Luck

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