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Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by JNyz, Jul 2, 2009.

  1. JNyz

    JNyz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,087

    Since it seems many of you ask for help with estimates/proposals let me throw this out to you.

    Area 6000 sq ft. sloped to the rear covered in weeds about 2-3 ft high. Clients wants English Ivy planted in the entire area 6 inches apart and 5 small Florida Dogwoods installed. Everything mulched. My cost on the Dogwoods is $55.00 each, $13.00 per 100 plants for the English Ivy, and $25.00 per yard for the mulch. There is no need for any additional soil to be brought in. Trucks can be unloaded 20 ft from the job.

    Any thoughts?
  2. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,746

    1. 74 cuyds. mulch your cost 24.00 a yd.
    2. 1200 clumps of hedera--purchasing more because of delivery damage and some bad plants. .16 cents a clump.
    3. 5 Dogwoods your cost 55.00 ea.

    Total out of pocket cost in materials........2,243.00 non taxed.

    2-3 feet tall weeds to be sprayed and or removed................XXX?
    labor for removal of debris..........XXXX?
    recycling of plant liners.

    Here in my area, this could bring.....................6,000.00
    not including weed barrier or sprinklers.
    Mulches installed at 4"s
    Trees staked for leaning and erosion....staking included.

    Don't know the cost of your crew's and man hours.
    Don't know your average % of profit margins.

    This is a WAG!!! A grand per 1,000 sq.ft.
  3. JNyz

    JNyz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,087

    bump, bump, bump
  4. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Gosh I must be dumb but how does one plant that English Ivy, manually one by one ?

    Because unless I'm doing something wrong there's 24,000 of those...
    Just for the sake of argument, I can make that 6,000 a square of 60 x 100.
    Half a foot apart that's 120 one way by 200 the other, 120 x 200 = 24,000 yes?

    If it only took 15 seconds to drop each one in, that's 4 a minute and 240 an hour, 100 hours...
    Now I don't even see that unless someone's got a LOT of practice.
    And it could be doable, but that's assuming the man doing it has the motion of the hand down so good
    he can dig each hole in one swift lick while dropping the plant in it with the other, then on to the next.
    Further assuming the soil is in some kind of shape...

    Personally I about think I can pass out flyers faster than I could plant those things but that's just me.

    And it might only take 5-10 seconds each, maybe, I don't know...
    12 plants a minute is still 20 hours, but what if it takes 20-30 seconds each?
    The big question is thus, how many of these go down per minute, or per hour?
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2009
  5. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,631

    Topsites is correct, at 6" spacing it is 24,000 English Ivys, not 1200. So it is $3120 material cost for the Ivy. For me to plant 24,000 plants by hand would take weeks. At only $1 in labor per plant, you are looking at $24,000 in labor for the Ivy. Choke. What size container do the Ivy plants come in? Container size dictates hole size which will help give you an idea on labor time per plant.

    Space them 12" apart (which is actually the correct spacing), and you need only 6000 plants. This may work a bit better for you and the customer.

    I think you would need no more than 60 yards of mulch at $1440 material cost. Add labor, and I would charge $4000 or so. It will suck to spread mulch in between 6000 plants.

    The only way to deal with those weeds at a decent price is to spray with roundup. But that is a lot of roundup. Then chop them down, and rake it up. Lots of labor there, too.

    Dogwoods...$150 ea installed.
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I am guessing...

    That as of right now, this job's a no show. :p

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