Hello all, I need a little advice regarding what to charge to completely overhaul a small bed. . .I don't do much landscaping but I want to learn and here's a great start (I work solo). Also, I did a search and just haven't found what I'm looking for. Here's the deal: - Bed measures 2' x 8'. There is nothing in the bed, it obviously died off years ago. It needs probably 3 inches of soil excavated (the soil will be very difficult to break up and its mostly clay) and hauled away (my calculations show that to be 4 cubic feet or about two wheel barrow loads). I will need to put a border around it. I'm thinking of black plastic edging but possibly landscape timbers. I plan on adding about 3 inches of topsoil back in and tilling with native soil. Here's the plants I wanna put in. After talking with the customer and assessing her needs: 5 Dwarf Yaupon Holly bushes @ $3.96 a piece. An 8 foot row of monkey grass in front of it; not sure of the price here, but I'm thinking will cost less than $20 or so. In the front will be a flat of Petunias stretching the 8 foot span which are $10.89 per flat (36 flowers). 4 cubic feet of topsoil will cost around $5, but I'll get some extra so say $8. Then, for a rich dark soil look, I'll top it off with a bag of Landscaper's mix; roughly $3. To sum it up, my materials should cost roughly $65. Here's my questions: - What's a general rate for labor (ie. for lawn service a lot of folks say $1/minute and I average $.93/minute, to give you an idea of my area)? - How long do you guys think it will take one hardworking man to do the actual labor? - Should I charge for my truck time going to buy the materials and if so, how much? - Finally, please tell me a rough estimate of what you guys would chargefor this job. I know there are things which are unique to every job and if you have questions please ask me. Also, I have not told this lady a price yet. Of course, I don't want to price myself out, but I'd rather not work than work for free. PS On the plant materials, would it be fairly safe just to double the price of the plant (which would cover shopping time, unit price, and labor) and then add the labor it took to prepare the bed, put in the edging, and shopping time? Thanks in advance.