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Planting shrubs purchased by client

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Hotty Toddy, Oct 27, 2018.

  1. Hotty Toddy

    Hotty Toddy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 88

    how do you price planting materials the homeowner has already purchased?

    I am planting 10 3-gallon Drift roses for her. I estimate it will take me a couple hours. Do you normally charge your hourly rate for this?
     
  2. starry night

    starry night LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,635

    1) Charge more than usual hourly.
    2) How did you get in this situation i.e. planting homeowner-purchased plants? Lose-lose proposition. You don't make any profit on the plants and even if you tell them you can't give a guarantee on viability, they'll still hold you responsible if the plants don't do well even months forward.
     
  3. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,716

    Hourly plus a premium. I only have one current customer that may do this and she's great to work for. Anyone else is encouraged to let me buy plant materials. Most home owners who try to get the materials bought crap that's on sale at the end of the season to save money then expect you to come in and dig their holes for them and oerfope a miracle.
     
  4. hal

    hal LawnSite Senior Member
    from Georgia
    Messages: 730

    Charge what you would normally charge to plant 3 gallons, minus the cost (yours) of the plant.
     
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  5. Mow-Daddy.com

    Mow-Daddy.com LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,124

    You mean those dried out, frost bitten, wilted plants sitting outside at HD?
    @ buy 1 get 2 free !!
     
  6. smallyardman

    smallyardman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 49

    I see no problem doing this. charge hourly rate. a job is a job
     
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  7. BigJlittleC

    BigJlittleC LawnSite Gold Member
    from Chicago
    Messages: 3,634

    Like others have said charge your hourly rate. I'm not a fan of planting client sourced plants but will dig holes for money. 10 3 gallon sized holes shouldn't take much time at all. For stuff like this it's first hour is a minimum then charges go every 15 minutes. So if it only takes you 20 minutes you charge for 1 hour. If it takes you an hour and a 45 minutes you charge for 1.75 hours.
     
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  8. hal

    hal LawnSite Senior Member
    from Georgia
    Messages: 730

    It would be better to charge per plant, I charge 30 - 40 per plant for 3 gallons. Minus the 10.99 or 12.99 per plant for cost, you will make out better than by the hour.
     
  9. Weekend Barry

    Weekend Barry LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    One of my customers came back from the depot in June with 5 3 gal. plants and 2 trays of annual flowers and asked me to plant them. It took me 2 hours with amending the soil and 4 bags of cedar mulch all of this I supplied. I charged her $175 and she was happy. She wants me to rip out some old shrubs by the garage and I think it will take another 2 hours so I told her $150. She said go ahead. I like this kind of work. i don't mind her buying the plants because she pays me for my time and never balks.
     
  10. TX Easymoney

    TX Easymoney LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,240

    Hourly rate and make sure they understand there is no guarantee.
     

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