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How do you guys price installing plant material?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by leeslawncare, Oct 26, 2000.

  1. leeslawncare

    leeslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 649

    How do some of you guys charge for planting plants?I've got to install 9 dwarf nandinas an 9 mums .i've already got the mulching job @ 70$ per yard .what would be a fair price to plant these .It is a commercial property if that matters.Thanks
  2. SJR Lawncare

    SJR Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 250

    I typically charge 2x what I pay for the plant, & tack on a little extra for my travel time to pick-up the plants, gas etc.
  3. Ssouth

    Ssouth LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 436

    A good formula to use for installations is to take the price of mechandise double it and add twenty percent. This formula is used by a lot of general contractors in my area and it has worked well for me. I always like to bid jobs at $40/ hr plus material and when I compare this figure to the before mentioned formula they usually come out pretty close. You should also consider whether you are buying wholesale or retail. I always buy wholesale unless it can't be helped.
    Good luck,
    Stuart H. South
  4. turfman99

    turfman99 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 212

    Ahh, some guys that know how to charge for their work. Excellent.

    Plants material times 2. Charge your going rate ( I like that $ 40 per hour)on how long it takes you to plant the plants. Mininmum 1 hour of course. I always add at least 10% contingency to everything we do.

    Add support time ( drive, shop etc) at the rate of 1 hour per 7 worked or a prorate portion of that.

    Good price on the mulching also. Keep it up and you'll have a good year.
  5. Vibe Ray

    Vibe Ray LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 785

    Hey Turfman99, i have to admit, your profile(life story) sounds pretty impressive. do you have any spare time??
  6. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
    Messages: 3,485

    I charge 2.5 times the price of the plant with 1-year warranty. The reason it's 2.5x instead of 2x is if a plant is replaced you break even, at 2.5 you still get something.
  7. TGCummings

    TGCummings LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 773

    Very informative thread. Answered two questions I was going to research over the weekend, all in one fell swoop.

    Thanks again! :)

  8. GrassMaster

    GrassMaster Senior Member
    Messages: 447

    Hello Profiteers:

    This was the hardest things that I had to do was figure Landscape Installation. Then I got lucky & one of the old Pros told me.

    Yep he said in most cases, 2.3 X materials. Well I went 2.5 sometimes 3 X cost of materials.

    But if it was a lot of manual labor I would up it some! I stayed at 2.5 to 3 X's in most cases. It sure did save me a lot of time & head scratching. Folks like it when you crank out a quick professional Estimate. Makes you look like ya gots brains!

    After I did it a few times, I then came up with similar figures using the good ole X's factor for aerating, fertilizing & etc...

    I love it whenever I can save time? I'm crazy about it.

    Money is Work Divided by Time!
  9. leeslawncare

    leeslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 649

    Thanks for the replys!
  10. HealthyLawns

    HealthyLawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    You guys just saved me a lot of figuring. Thanx for the info!

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