Help pricing out my first landscaping job

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by bballv20, Jul 2, 2010.

  1. bballv20

    bballv20 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    Below are pics of a law office the guy wants us to lay down mulch for. Hes reasonable and says he wants it to look nice. what were planning on doing is this in this order:
    • rent 2 tillers 6.5 hp 18 and 20 inches wide. $90 for both for 4 hours.
    • lay down some top soil where we need to put grass seed
    • put edging down as a barrier
    • lay down one wood landscape tie
    • garden weed preventer sheets
    • plant 3 bushes
    • lay mulch
    • plant grass seed

    i figured it should take my partner 8 hours all together 2 separate days, 1 for tilling and 1 for the rest of the work. I figured it'd be better just to go back the next day rather than go across town take the tillers back then go back.

    the total area in feet is 15 feet 3 inches x 80 inches in front for mulch
    the side measures 56 feet x 11 feet 4 inches

    My average paint skills show what the building should look like in the 2nd pic.
    The guy said he just wants it to be easy to maintain and this is kind of what he worded to me during our walk through for what he wants it to look like.



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  2. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,645

    One tiller would prolly do the trick! Its sounds like an easy job after the tilling is done have your parnter bring back the tiller and you finish the job. Thats what I would do. It does seem like it you take you 8 hours. I done things like that before lunch.
  3. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    You should up-sell and try to put in a retaining wall between the house and the parking lot.

    What kind of edging are you going to use, and I would recommend amending that soil.
  4. Hoy landscaping

    Hoy landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 836

    hey white. hes obviously new, do you really think he can put in a wall?
  5. jay albers

    jay albers LawnSite Member
    Messages: 178

    looks like an easy job for your first one. Dont be affraid to get created, Remember your the designer. Id try to sell a couple more plants. Hes a lawyer, thats the first thing his clients will see when they come in, Sell him on that, tell him to have you come in from time to time for up keep.

    like i said tho your the designer and you know your client, good luck bud
  6. NarNar

    NarNar LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 489

    I agree, if he is a lawyer, he would want the best first impression. And mulching the left side (with the small trees) has a harsh contrast to the white structure, and green grass in front.

    I would suggest you lay sodd down on the left (keep continuity of grass) create a small bed for the small trees, mulch that area, and add a few more plants as suuggested by Jay_Albers.

    This is a one day project. Have fun with it. You should post up pictures when you are done.
  7. bballv20

    bballv20 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    Thanks for the suggestions guys. Im going off of what he wants, he seemed pretty sure thats how he wants it. Im new but i can definitely put up a retaining wall. Im just not sure how to price it.
  8. scottrees

    scottrees LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    Get you some decent landscaping software, have some fun with it. Talk them into the upgrades with it. Wondering how familiar you are with torrents?

  9. mtchockey30

    mtchockey30 LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 231

    I am going to jump in and say I know a little about torrents and ask what the names of the software you say your downloading?? Sorry not trying to jump in your thread

  10. Hoy landscaping

    Hoy landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 836

    Yeah what software is that?

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