Price to plant a tree?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by E&MLandscapeServices, May 3, 2006.

  1. E&MLandscapeServices

    E&MLandscapeServices LawnSite Member
    Messages: 40

    How much would you charge to plant trees for someone - price per tree, please. The trees to be planted are about 5-6' tall, 15 gallon containers.
  2. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    I would answer you but I am way too cheap for this and will get slammed..oh well I will tell you anyway
    $25.00 to $35.00 a tree 15 gallon size.But I won't come out for less than 6 tree's.
    Man am I gonna get it now!
  3. milsaps118

    milsaps118 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 562

    Sheshovel-You got to be charging almost 2x that!!!:hammerhead: Hey what ever you think is worth your time and effort, but I get a min. of $45 no matter what size tree.
  4. chriscraft

    chriscraft LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 390

    Thats not too bad if you can plant them easy. But you have to remember E & M the time taken to order pick up and deliver also, plus the price of peat and or compost you use, how many you plant etc. Add it all in should take 2 hours or so for 6, hopefully you dont have to dig thru clay.
  5. E&MLandscapeServices

    E&MLandscapeServices LawnSite Member
    Messages: 40

    I'm planting 37 trees - netting 20% from the tree prices and was planning on about $35-$40 per tree for planting.
  6. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    Well that's about right.I just am way cheap on my tree planting...I also make 20% on the price of the tree but I am way too low on my planting prices on them,I just love planting so much I would prolly pay YOu to let me plant your tree's!I gotta raise my prices I know!
  7. E&MLandscapeServices

    E&MLandscapeServices LawnSite Member
    Messages: 40

    Sounds like a deal to me; pay me $10 per tree and you can come on down and plant these trees for my customer (that way I can make an extra $10 per tree - $370 - and not have to do any work...). Let me go check my legal books and see if I can figure out a way to have this considered as a binding contract between us. :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
  8. lawnsplus

    lawnsplus LawnSite Member
    Messages: 107

    She stay away from my neck of the woods...

    We routinely charge $100.00 / tree for planting.

    Think about this, a 2 1/2 inch flowering crab here (wildfire) tree form my cost is $110.00 The local retail nurseries don't even carry trees this size, but if they did "special order one for you" it would cost in the neighborhood of $190 - $210 + delivery and install.

    We charge 2x's the tree cost. Hand picked, delivered and installed, care instruction packet, watering guidelines, and warranty.

    Whats funny is there is next to no physical labor in digging the hole we use a ditch witch with a 30" auger.
  9. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    OH yea I bet you would love that huh?No way baybee!
    I may be blonde but I aint THAT dumb..just being facetious and exaggerating as usual for'll get used to it.I do love to plant tree's though.I work for nobody but myself and MY clients thankyou very much!:laugh: :laugh:
  10. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Yep. 1 1/2 x to 2 x the RETAIL cost of the tree for delivery and planting. That is why I've always said before...I can make ALOT more money with a $15 shovel than what I can with a $10,000 mower.

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