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Pricing Dogwoods

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by jtlawncare, Apr 19, 2002.

  1. jtlawncare

    jtlawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    :dizzy: I'm new to this game so please bare with me.....I got a call today from a guy who wants four small dogwoods planted in his yard, two white and two pink. What do I charge for this? What sort of mark up do I put on the trees? What do they cost? Any help would be greatly appreciated.....:dizzy:
  2. Russo

    Russo LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 287

    Welcome, jt.

    I would refer you to the search button at the top of the page. You may find some help there.

    It doesn't take much to figure out that a phone call to your local nursery will get you prices. As for mark-up, I go %30 to %60 depending on load or pick-up time and charge by the hour for install.

    Your profile says that you just purchased a landscaping business. This is of some concern to me after reading your question.

    I have attached the following thread for your benefit. Take it for what it's worth.

    Good Luck, Landscraper

  3. A1 Lawn@Landscapes

    A1 Lawn@Landscapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 220

    I just did a job similar to this. I planted 3 dogwoods for $440. This included taping them, staking them, and mulching them. I bought them at the nursery for $79 each. They were about 5 ft tall. I saw some nice ones at Home Depot for $39 each about 4 ft tall. I just could not bring myself to buy them there. Hope this helps.
  4. LawnLad

    LawnLad LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 738

    You have to decide the price based on the job. For instance, if I plant one tree, the cost per tree installed is going to be more than planting 4 or 5 trees. I have the same time involved for pick up and delivery of plant material, mulch and travel to the job. So therefore, the more work I do while on site, the less expensive per item.

    So, looking at your job - first you need to define the size of "small" Is this a 5', 6', 7', etc. 1.5" or 2.0" if you get into the larger size. Should these trees be "tree" form or "clump" form?

    Assuming a 6' Cornus florida (white) and rubra (red) is $78.00 cost

    4 trees x $78 x 1.5 mark up (set your own mark up rate) = $475.00

    Labor to pick up trees: 2 hrs x $50 = $100
    Labor to install trees: 1.5 hrs / tree = 6 hrs x $50 = $300
    Travel for mulch and to job, clean up, etc. = 3.0 hrs x $50 = $150

    Equipment; dump truck 1.0 day = $65.00
    Rototiller (if needed) = $25.00

    Mulch = 1.5 to 2.0 yds at $35.00 per yard = $70.00
    Soil ammendments (peat moss, cow manure) = $40.00
    Mycorizzae at $2.50 per ounce (4 oz/tree) = $40.00
    Fertilizer and Soil moist = $15.00
    Stakes if needed - add cost

    Sub Total: $1,240.00
    Add aggrevation factor and warranty factor if needed.

    I'd sell the job for right around $325 per tree installed.

    If they wanted 8 trees, the variable costs would increase, but many of the numbers above are fixed. So the cost per tree might then drop to $230 or $250 per tree, or be about $2,000 for the install.

    A single tree picked up and installed (up to about 3") is about $500.00 or more depending on site conditions. Add more trees, and the price drops per tree.

    Don't use my numbers as accurate - just apply your own costs to the system listed above. You can tweek it for what works for you.
  5. brentsawyer

    brentsawyer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 663

    my cost here for 1.75-2" is $75. Retail is $130 and I sell it for retail plus 50% for installation. $195 per tree. amendments and mulch extra.

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