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Pricing a professionally-done job for my family (mulch/edge/trees/cleanup)

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by ragejg, May 23, 2010.

  1. ragejg

    ragejg LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    Hi guys.

    Although I've been involved in professional landscaping for years, I don't touch much as far as bidding/quoting.

    Due to some health problems (recurrence of cancer) and a slowdown at the landscaping company I've been associated with for a while, I have some extra time on my hands, and would like to do a job for my family. I'd like to structure the pricing like a normal landscaping firm in my area would, but I'll be applying some significant discounts on labor rates because... well because I'm doing it for family! :p

    Could I get some help from this community on setting up a pricing model for this job? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

    Here's the running total on materials.

    Mulching: 10 yards ... I'm going to have a trailer load dropped off at the house and will pay $20-$25/yard. This is for trees and beds.

    Edging: total length of edging: 1100 ft. I'll be using a standard edging shovel.

    NOTE: 3/4 of the edging will be fresh edging... i.e: trees that have no bed around them at this time. So a lot of this edging will actually accompany stripping soil from around the trees.

    Tree planting: six 3-5ft blue spruce, 2 young mountain ash

    General work:
    bed cleanup/weeding: 8 hours
    shrub trimming (by hand): 3 hours

    Materials to buy:
    One 20lb bag of Miracle Gro
    Several cans of Grits (natural ant control)

    .... That's about it.

    Can I get some help on figuring labor time/cost? It appears that after the job is priced, my payment will be divided up into weekly/bi-weekly segments.

    Thanks. :)
  2. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,536

    i get $75 a yard for mulch. That includes mulch, delivery, and installation. New edging i get $1 a foot. The rest i would estimate the time it takes and get my price by what i want per hour plus material.

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