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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by RJHLandscaping, Apr 2, 2004.

  1. RJHLandscaping

    RJHLandscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    I once saw a sheet with set labor hours for plantings. I have a tree job, eight foot dogwood, and cant figure out how many hours to charge for. Really I'm still iffy on the mark-up. Has anyone else ever seen this info? Do standardized labor hours exist?
  2. kamor4

    kamor4 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    you might try an internet search on Vander Kooi & Associates inc
    P.O. Box 621759
    Littleton, CO 80162
    They have a book titled:
    Labor & Equipment
    Production Times for Landscape Contractors
    By Charles Vander Kooi

    Or try a search for Nilsson Associates
    they have a book titled:
    Labor time data handbook

    I don't have an address for them

    also do a search for R.S Means they produce a whole series of estimating books and a couple on landscaping maybe of interst to you.

    the two book i listed above say a 32" ball dug by hand should take form 27min to 47 min or by a small backhoe 7 min to 15min of course this is just the time actually digging the hole only.

    the other book says:
    3" cal 36"ball would take from four to six hour to dig by hand or about 20 mins with a small backhoe

    I hope this helps. as you will find out no two sources of information will be the same

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