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need planting price help

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by walkermt26, Jul 21, 2009.

  1. walkermt26

    walkermt26 LawnSite Member
    from Mass.
    Messages: 14

    how do you charge for planting flowers, shrubs, plants do you charge hourly or by plant by size ?
  2. ridingthegrass

    ridingthegrass LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Depends on the client. I usually charge 20%-25% of the price for the install. So say like a $100 tree I will charge $140 for the tree and then another $25 to install it. Now something easier like a $20 1 gallon shrub I will do for $30 total for plant and install. But I get all my plants wholesale which enables me to stay in line with Home depot and such and still make money.
  3. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,612

    Aound here we get 2 to 3 times the wholesale price. So a basic shrub that retails for $30 I buy for $18. I charge the customer $36 to $54 depending on quantity. Perennials I pay $6, and charge the customer $15 installed. This only works for quantity. You don't want to spend 1/2 a day on a single plant. You want to spend a whole day on 20. Then there is edging and mulch.

    This doesn't hold up for trees, where I typically charge the retail price since there is enough markup to pay for labor. So a $300 retail price tree I pay $180, and charge the customer $300 total.

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