pricing landscape installation

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by mdmowerman, May 5, 2004.

  1. mdmowerman

    mdmowerman LawnSite Member
    from 20833
    Messages: 77

    i was wondering how others price intsalls for bushes, tress etc.

    ive heard doubling the price that the contract gets it at, price + man power.

    any input would be great....

    thanks to everyone, learning a lot on here
  2. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Messages: 4,350

    Price + Man hour is good. But i just do materials x 2 or 2.5 to get the total cost and then add a little extra in there in case anything funky pops up. Depending on the market, 2 or 2.5 is a good way to go.
  3. Zach76

    Zach76 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 197

    For hardscape materials (timbers, rock, wall block, etc) I mark up 25%, plants that cost me under $50 get tripled, and plants over $50 get doubled. That is what the customer pays for materials. On top of that I figure how long I think it will take me and add 10-20% (10 hour job gets bid at 11 or 12 hours) times my hourly rate. This method has worked well for me so far.
  4. fga

    fga LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,449

    When you say "x by 2 or 2.5" does that mean a 200 dollar tree would be 400 w/ labor planted? or 400 for labor?
    I usually add up the cost of materials, and that is my labor cost. Except for sod and brickwork/RR ties,etc., they're more.
  5. randy2625

    randy2625 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 114

    i do this topsoil 16$, times that by 2 makes it's 32 for supplies, then add in man hours half hour of work 25$ then add 10 % for who knows what cost about 73$ for one yard of topsoil
  6. mdmowerman

    mdmowerman LawnSite Member
    from 20833
    Messages: 77

    anyone else????
  7. Gilla Gorilla

    Gilla Gorilla LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 923

    Damn. I need to raise my prices on installing top soil. LOL

    If a customer were to buy a $50.00 Rhodedendron then how much would you guys charge in labor to plant it???

    Im just curious
  8. Lombardi

    Lombardi LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 538

    60% of retail cost of plants will be labor cost.
  9. Petr51488

    Petr51488 LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,377

    I charge acutal price on the materials plus at 20% then charge my hourly rate of 45.00 an hour. Works well for me.

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