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Bid Question

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by lonestaros, Aug 1, 2006.

  1. lonestaros

    lonestaros LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    I have a customer with a 15x15 bed in the middle of a concrete parking lot with a tree in it. It currently has LS fabric and lava rock (approx 1" thick). He wants it spruced up so I figure I would remove the fabric and rock, till the & ammend the soil then install periwinkle. How would u break down his charges?
    Here is my idea:
    I figured it to be about 2.5 sq/yds:
    Flower bed prep, remove rock and fabric: $150
    Disposal of rock/fabric: $60
    2.5yd of landscape soil: $160
    & Periwinkles 50 @$95
    no mulch.
    DELIV Charge: $60.
    TOTAL: $525
    Any suggestions?

    Forgive me, because I mainly do tractor mowing and am working these small jobs.
  2. paolaken

    paolaken LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 699

    lava rock sucks to remove by hand.
  3. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    I would not add soil to the bed. Adding soil over the existing soil height around the tree can kill the tree. I would simply amend the soil in the individial areas where you are going to plant. Throwing 2&1/2 yards of soil over ther roots of a tree then tilling it in will damage the tree. I can't advise you on prices but you do need to mark-up your materials.
    Get pics and I can advise better.
  4. GFTC

    GFTC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 104

    Also, do not till the area within the dripline of the tree and refer to Sheshovels post about planting and soil concerns.
  5. lonestaros

    lonestaros LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    THANK YOU! I will adjust the prices and just ammend the soil.. No tilling..
  6. lonestaros

    lonestaros LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    how much do yall charge for bed prep work and how do u price it? ie. per hr, sq/ft. etc...
  7. siyaltrduc

    siyaltrduc LawnSite Member
    from Raleigh
    Messages: 39

    I am having the same problem, I had a customer call today and he wants all his beds cleaned out, bushes included. It seems like each bed is diffferent though. I think an hourly rate would be the best, because it should be easier to guess your time.
  8. lonestaros

    lonestaros LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    ure prolly right siyaltrduc
  9. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,995

    Do what you want, but here is a suggestion.

    figure out the approximate time required. Add 30%. Then multiply by your hourly rate for that kind of work. I charge between $75 and $150 per man hour depending on complexity and how busy I am doing other stuff. Then present this as a package price to the client plus materials and mark-up.

    Package prices are always a better seller than an open ended hourly rate price.

    $2000 sounds much better than $75 per man hour for your crew of 4. The client often thinks how long it would take them (read as all week) and sees $300 per hour times 40 hours (12000) and says no way. where $2000 is a set price and they can work with that.

    In reality it takes your crew 3-4 hours and you make great money.

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