Bed Maintenance

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by BCNU, Mar 28, 2008.

  1. BCNU

    BCNU LawnSite Member
    Messages: 68

    How do you all figure your price on maintaining beds. Do you charge per man hour or so much per square ft. Thanks in advance for any information!
  2. lawntactics

    lawntactics LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    Charge per man hour plus materials.
  3. BCFLawnLandscape

    BCFLawnLandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 333

    going rate around here is 60-70 a yard installed.
  4. Lawnut101

    Lawnut101 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,260

    I think it depends. If you spreading mulch, then charge a certain amount per yard applied. If your pulling weeds, charge your hourly labor rate, with a minimum. And if you digging out bushes or something, I would charge a certain amount per each one. That's how I would charge for stuff.
  5. CALandscapes

    CALandscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 946

    I've learned through experience to estimate the amount of time ("man hours") that each property should take, how frequently it will need to be visited, etc.

    The majority of our maintenance customers are charged a monthly rate, though we still do have a couple of hourly customers.

    Also, often times it's difficult to justify to people why a "gardener" commands rates upwards of $30/hour...
  6. BCNU

    BCNU LawnSite Member
    Messages: 68

    I am looking at trimming shrubs, weeding. fertilizing shrubs, that type of thing. Mulching would be an entirely different quote and price.

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