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How much are these plants worth?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by twins_lawn_care, May 10, 2004.

  1. twins_lawn_care

    twins_lawn_care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 932

    I have a request to transplant 2 lilac bushes, both about 7 feet tall. Each one will be going to a different customer.
    My question is, I will be taking these from my sister's house, as she wants them removed.

    My questions is sort of two parts:

    1) how much is a bush this size worth?

    2) what would you charge for labor for removal, and replanting?

    Also, and tips on doing such a transplant are welcome as well.

    I have an esimate in mind, but want to get some ideas, as I don't do many of these, and think it can be quite profitable.

    Thanks as always everyone.
  2. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,925

    With the bushes as large as they are you are probably going to have to trim them some to make them manageable in transplanting. I would say make it 5-6' max. As around here a 3' lilac is going for about 10-15 bucks pending the grade. So for a nice 5-6' I would say in the range of 150 in the ground. Ie. planted and watered in. I am sure that at min you can get 100.00 each and will take roughly 2hrs each plus any drive time and wether it is easy digging or not. As for charging your sister. Forget it I find that it is easier to make it up on some one else than making money off family.
  3. twins_lawn_care

    twins_lawn_care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 932

    Thanks for the help sildoc.
    I agree, as I wasn't going to charge my sister for removal, I just figured since my cost was $0, I could make up some ground by giving them a value, and "buying" them from her.
    Thanks for your help, I appreciate it. :D
  4. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    for what its worth my supplier has 4-5 footers for $65/ea....
  5. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Messages: 4,350

    charge em 65 for the plant, and then charge them anywhere from 65 - 100 to install it.
  6. Ice_Gargoylle

    Ice_Gargoylle LawnSite Member
    from indiana
    Messages: 60

    just buy new ones. digging will take 1 hour minimum/lilac, probably more like 1.5-2. not worth the time or money. plus, digging by hand is too tricky and lilacs that big will need to be approx. 30 inches across ball :p wise. then you have to move them without a basket--bad idea--

    general rule, transplanting small things is no problem. larger plants are better off being replaced because: 1) transplanting is way to expensive, 2) there is no guarantee it will live. i would only take the time if i explained FULLY what to expect and the costs involved.

    instance, we transplanted a 6' and 7' blue spruce. took us 4 hours, thats 424 dollars no guarantee. these were planted when his grand kids were born.

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