# Plant install labor time per Units of Measure?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by timm9, Jun 28, 2007.

1. ### timm9LawnSite Memberfrom San Antonio, TexasMessages: 3

Does anyone have a listing of how much time they typically think a plant will take to install, for each of the typical plant size Units of Measure, such as 1 gallon, 5 gallon, 10 gallon, etc.

Could I ask that you share what you use as a labor time at various plant size units of measure? For example, a five-gallon plant should take a someone 15 minutes to excavate, pop the plant into the ground, backfill, and done.

Having read as much as I could about the bidding process, it seems as though it goes something like this:

Cost of plant + whatever mark-up desired, plus
Labor Rate times the time it takes to plant it.

In my super-simple example, my 5 gallon plant costs 10.00 wholesale, I double the plant cost to obtain my "retail" price, and my desired labor rate is 40.00 per hour.

So my bid price for the one plant is as follows:
10.00 wholesale times 2 = 20.00, plus
15 minutes at 40.00/ hour = 10.00,
so my installed price is 30.00.

I welcome any pointers, corrections, etc. as well as if others could share what they use for labor time for the common "units of measure" out there for planting materials.

2. ### StillwaterLawnSite Platinum Memberfrom The United StatesMessages: 4,889

charge, 1 hr minimum, So your install price is 60\$

3. ### MarcSmithLawnSite Fanaticfrom Washington DCMessages: 7,157

tim

shootme an email at work....mjs82@georgetown.edu and when I get in on monday I'll shoot you a, excel bid sheet I put together.

also a quick rule of the thumb is 3x the price of the plant= your final price for plant an isntall....its not always exact, but it s good way to see if your are in the ballpark or not....

But eshki's is corect that you need a "minimum" charge for the onsey-towsies type isntalls since you have to go out and pick up the plant, ect...

4. ### mdlwn1LawnSite Silver Memberfrom new jersey/new yorkMessages: 2,443

3xplant installed...small/ big job 2.3-2.5 ish. Ask some of the brickman guys about their labor hour manual. Is has the best breakdown I've seen. During my year there, It was pretty easy to bid a \$50,000 mostly labor job and be spot on.