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Leyland Cypress Install

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by ToddS, Nov 27, 2006.

  1. ToddS

    ToddS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    I have been called by a local school for an estimate to install 8-10 Leyland Cypress's. What is the "going rate" for installation of these. There would be no mulch or pine straw arounf the trees. Just digging the holes and planting them. Thanks in advance.

  2. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,524

    For something that simple, I'd probably go double my cost. Maybe x 2.25 my cost.
  3. MudslinginFX4

    MudslinginFX4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,170

    I'm paying around $75 to $100 for a 6'-8' b&b tree. We are installing them for $365 each. My quote for this job if it were easy access would be around $2,800 for 8 trees. It would take me about 3 hours to install them with 3 guys in and out.

    Remember, don't underprice these... if something happens to the trees you are responsible for them!
  4. lawn king

    lawn king LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,386

    Cost times 3.
  5. Dreams To Designs

    Dreams To Designs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,406

    Todd, be careful planting large Leylands if they are b&B. Leylands have a shallow, fibrous root system that does not like be disturbed. Being an evergreen, they are also still growing at this time of year, especially in your area, so they will need to be watered regularly and possibly stakes. Make sure you include all your costs for this task as well as the price of the plants, your labor and a comfortable profit.

  6. treedoc1

    treedoc1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 319

    It's well worth the extra money to plant the container grown leylands. Your local nursery should have a good source like Robinson, Marian Gardens, Cherry Lake...
    You will eliminate the problem of the top heavy leyland breaking the roots in the sandy balls as you handle them during the install.
  7. Dreams To Designs

    Dreams To Designs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,406

    I fully endorse Treedocs recommendation. I do not plant B&B Leylands unless a client demands them. We can can 6'-7' container grown plants locally and they will double in size in 3-4 years if they are happy.

  8. ToddS

    ToddS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    Thanks for all the input!!


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