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Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by bobcatnj, May 24, 2007.

  1. bobcatnj

    bobcatnj LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 687

    i bidding job a came up with this price. it seems high to me, i need some opinions.edge 640 ft of beds, bed clean out (weeding/ about 200 sqft of ovy), trimming shrubs (maybe 4hours), pruning up 10 trees, remove 25 ft blue spruce and install a new blue spruce, install 6 dwarf boxwoods to a new bid, and 15 yards black mulch. im figuring 2 days 3 guys. i came up with 4611.00 plus tax. what do you think?
  2. PatriotLandscape

    PatriotLandscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MA
    Messages: 1,209

    how much are you paying for trees/?
  3. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Have you ever removed Ivy before?

    Translation: L O L

    But other than that, isn't $400 / day / first guy + 300 / day / 2nd+ guy enough?
    So, 1,000 / day labor, times 2 = 2000.
    16 cy's of mulch @ $20 / cy = 320
    The tree? idk, guess $150...
    The boxwoods? Geez you goin' to the greenhouse? $10 each tops from HD, $60 + $60 delivery (mulch included in this = 120

    Idk, seems like a 3k job to me, but then you also gotta figure the tree guy, that's extra, what's a climb, $300 automatic?
    Maybe you're about right, idk.
  4. forestfireguy

    forestfireguy LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
    Messages: 601

    Are planning any machine time/ rental? What are you doing with the tree to be removed, this is especially important if you have to limb it out and drag a long distance, not as critical if you are bringing in a machine or can get a chipper close. Can you get a small tiller into the beds? If so you'll save hours by spraying them the day before and tilling the weeds under, then mulching on top afterwards. It would also improve the beds for your plantings and anything already in there. Can you get the truck close tothe beds or is there miles of wheelbarrowing? If it is a large property and access is limited I'd say stick to your number. If it's easy access you might be a little high, at least for my market. I have a miserable job starting up next week. Clear heavy weeds and overgrown Rhodis from a 850 square foot area. Its gonna suck! After removal we will plant and mulch the area, fill in some RR tie steps with pea gravel and call it done for around 10K. I'll have 3 guys for 2 days and 2 guys for 2 days.
  5. bobcatnj

    bobcatnj LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 687

    the tree isnt that bad as i sounds. i was goin to cut some limbs the drop it and put it in the dump trailer. i was goin to have the guys dig the stump out, the trunk isnt to big. i was planning on renting a bed edge 100 a day to speed it up. i can get the blue spruce for 165.00 6-7 ft. as for the boxwoods it going between a walk and a fence so i dont want them to get to big.
  6. bobcatnj

    bobcatnj LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 687

    the ivy i was going to rip out and put weed fabric over the top. you cant sprsy it because there are shrubs surrounding it
  7. bishoplandscape

    bishoplandscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 169

    Wow good luck getting that one we could do it for half and still make a killing but i've never seen the site so good luck to you!
  8. capetan

    capetan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 226

    i think you will get under bid
  9. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,889

    My 2 cents, the ivy is going to take longer than you think if you intend on doing a good job, weed fabric is ******** I never use it and I curse anyone who does. Becouse the ivy is going to take you longer I suggest you grape hoe the Ivy and round up the bed. I don't want to sound like a prick but Becouse of commonsense, awareness and precautions I am going to forget you said "can't spray because of shrubs". I ran my labor rate with your numbers and we were not that far apart.
    You know I read a quote on lawnsite awhile ago it said if you don't feel bad about the bill you are not chargeing enough. anyway their are ways to talk to the customer to smooth over sticker shock to seal the deal, DO NOT forget to mark up the trees and shrubs by 100% (if you can) so you can guarentee them for a year a good sell point and if they die you have the funds to buy new ones.
  10. EJD Lawnpride

    EJD Lawnpride LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 313

    I agree $3k. It's not that big of a job. If you charge 3k,you'll still make decent change.

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