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How long?!?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by DoubleB, Jun 11, 2007.

  1. DoubleB

    DoubleB LawnSite Member
    from So.Dak.
    Messages: 60

    Hey guys, wondering, on average, how long this list would take 2 guys to plant:

    3 Trees
    74 shrubs (2 gal pots)
    150 perennials (6'' pots)

    If anyone wants to let me know how much you would charge for labor and materials that would be great also. Otherwise just let me know on average how long this would take you. I have a rough idea but would like to get more input. Thanks guys.
  2. DoubleB

    DoubleB LawnSite Member
    from So.Dak.
    Messages: 60

    Any help would be greatly appreciated, I have to put some sort of estimate together A.S.A.P. Thanks guys
  3. mike lane lawn care

    mike lane lawn care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,707

    i'd say that's a good 6 hours for 2 guys.
  4. sancho_man_orlando

    sancho_man_orlando LawnSite Member
    Messages: 216

    What did you bid that work at?

    TJLANDS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,668

    With a power auger, two to three hours tops 2 men.
    I charge 2.5 retail for all shrub and tree installs.
  6. DoubleB

    DoubleB LawnSite Member
    from So.Dak.
    Messages: 60

    thanks for all the info guys. a couple questions yet though.

    1st: I would also like to put mulch around everything to protect the plants/shrubs from rock, how much do you think I would need??

    2nd: TJLANDS, so you charge retail for plants plus 2.5%?? Just curious, would like to not shoot myself in the foot on this bid.
  7. Fairway Land & Lawn

    Fairway Land & Lawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 128

    Well, I dont want to speak for TJLANDS, but I am sure that he was implying 2.5xs i.e 250%. There is no possible way to tell you how much mulch you will need with the info you have given. If you put all those plants in a 20sqft area, you might need a 3cuft bag. If in a 1500sqft area you would need ~13 yrds. @3" depth.
  8. lawnward

    lawnward LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    Do you install, maintain, or both? You could get so much more accomplished in a shorter period of time with better equipment. If you say, I can't afford to, I say you can't afford not to... Keep the towing equipment simple (i.e. truck, trailer) but upgrade the stuff that makes the money. Been there...done that...it pays for itself well beyond the initial cost.

    TJLANDS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,668

    Retail X 2.5
    So if the plants cost $2500 I would charge $6250
    Mulch would be extra at a cost per yard
  10. Harley-D

    Harley-D LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 508

    Try googling "bid time and material"
    Click on Time and Material Job Bid.
    I agree with alot of the reasons for not bidding with a time and material mentality.

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