Install Prices???

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Ability, Nov 17, 2004.

  1. Ability

    Ability LawnSite Member
    Messages: 90

    Please forgive my ignorance. I do lawncare and do not do much landscape work. However, lately I have been getting a lot of requests for plant/tree installs.

    What is the going rate for:

    tree install - small 6ft - requires a 3ft diameter hole by say 3ft deep or so. I am looking at labor, delivery and clean up added to whatever the tree costs.

    small shrub install - 1ft by 1ft hole and same factors.

    I realize that the rate depends on what the market will bear in my area. I am simply looking for general guidlines.

    Much Thanks
  2. Coffeecraver

    Coffeecraver LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA.
    Messages: 793

  3. treedoc1

    treedoc1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 319

    Delivered, planted with amendments, mulched, watered first time, 1 year guarantee

    We quote
    $60 for a 3 gallon woody ornamental
    $250 for a 15 gallon plant
    $450 for a 2/2.5" tree
    $20 for 1 gallon perennials

    Specimen items are quoted as needed

    This works out to a 3x wholesale or more. It makes it easier for the sales person to quote a job rather than use a wholesaler catalog for each item and markup the items individually.
  4. NCL

    NCL LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 132

    If you do not know your overhead you will not be able to price the right way, I suggest you buy the book pricing for the green industry you can get it from the ALCA.
  5. shadybz

    shadybz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    I charge $100 per caliper inch plus $150 for planting. For example a 2.5 inch red maple planted would be $400. This pretty much holds true up to trees 5 inch in caliper. Above that the price jumps dramatically.
  6. Ability

    Ability LawnSite Member
    Messages: 90

    Thank you all very much. It appears that I have been undercharging big time!!!!

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