Okay, just some background first. I have been in the landscaping business for 7 years and own my own company w/ 8-10 employees. In other words we stay busy. I have always estimated my jobs by an hourly rate for labor. I came across a new way to estimate and it doesn't seem right so I want your opinions. EXAMPLE: My Cost ( All 2 gallon ) Plant List - 11-Crimson Pigmy Barberry $12.50 ea. 12-Goldmound Spiraea $10.00 ea. 12-Fountain Grass $15.00 ea. 11-Prince of Wales Juniper $12.00 ea. 1 -Red Bud (Tree)$45.00 2 -Blue Spruce (Tree)$99.00 So here is how I was told to do this. Take the cost of the plants X 1.5 to get my mark up on cost. No problem, that makes sense. Here is what gets me. Then I take that cost X 2.5 for my labor. So for example, the Barberry would be $18.75 ea. which would be a total of $206.25. Then 2.5 X the $206.50 to figure my cost for labor which is $515.00. Now if any of you are making $515 to plant 11 Barberry shrubs PLEASE tell me where you are at and who your clients are because I want in!!! Tell me if that way out of line or am I maybe missing something. The only thing I can think of is that maybe that also includes your cost for making the bed and laying down the mulch and installing the edging as well. So I would love to hear from all of you on your bidding procedures. Thanks!!!