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how to price install of trees

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by burnsyscapes, Jun 26, 2012.

  1. burnsyscapes

    burnsyscapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 180

    i got 10 crape mertle to install 25 apart from each other. this would be my first big install. My guy at the wholesale nursery said i should bid them 3 times the plant installed, labor warranty everything.

    Does that sound right? let me know your suggestions.
  2. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,476

    That is a rule of thumb that some people use. Some figure it's two times the plant cost.

    Personally, I like to add up all of the variables involved and arrive at a better estimate.

    Every job is going to be different. I think knowing your costs and the cost of each portion of the task you are estimating is a better way to do things.
  3. burnsyscapes

    burnsyscapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 180

    i obviously know my costs but say this takes me a day works overhead plus cost of plants mulch etc. but then i could bid it per job and make 2000 more. i already ran the numbers and thats what it would be at.
  4. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,476

    Wow, that 's nice change.

    If you think it's fair for the job and what's involved, and you got a good read on the client and think he'll agree to it, then I'll be a jealous man.
  5. tat900

    tat900 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 261

    200$ to plant some crepes wow I feel bad for your customer
  6. devinraptor

    devinraptor LawnSite Member
    Messages: 84

    What size are they? Takes longer to plant B&B than a 5 gallon pot
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  7. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 7,961

    I typically price them by size and something for replacement cost and profit. I do not think you would lose them all.
  8. burnsyscapes

    burnsyscapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 180

    30 gallon 8-10 ft they are 195 a pop including tax. 585 installed with one year warrenty x 10, they are going to be spread out 25 feet apart. 5850 total to put in 10 of them.

    if i did 10 ft hvy b&b 1102.5 per tree installed.

    installed price includse mulch soil amdendments extra.

    let me know what you all think, not asking for your prices, just seeing if that sounds right.
  9. burnsyscapes

    burnsyscapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 180

    i am also a solo operator, and will have a dingo onsite to till up 5k ft in the stretch where the trees will be placed.
  10. lona.muller19

    lona.muller19 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    Every job vary from other in minor details that may effect the cost, its better to analyze everything before and then provide an estimate.

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