Here's my situation, tell me what you think. I just started this "lawn maintenance" biz this season. I stress the words lawn maintenance because I feel that Landscape is far more advanced. Anyway, I got a call from a guy that wants pachysandra planted and mulched around in an area approx. 3,000 to 3,500 sq.ft. The ground is recently placed top soil that needs to be somewhat smoothed out and raked through to remove rocks and debris first. He's buying all materials ahead of time and just wants me to do the labor. I didn't even know what pachysandra was before this! He's buying flats of these things and they need to be placed every 6" apart (over the whole area), then mulch placed around these tiny plants. He knows I'm new and haven't done this before so he thought rather then give him a one lump price, maybe it would be better to just charge him an hourly rate for the labor. So based on what I believe to be the national average hourly rate for lawn maintenace work, I told him $35 an hour. If I had to guess, I'd say MAYBE 5 to 6 days work by myself. He thought this was VERY high and asked me to think about it and see if I could come up with a better price. On one hand it does seem high for just manual labor, but then again I can cut 2 lawns around here in 1 hour at $25 per lawn. That's $50 an hour! (sure substract gas, equipment wear and tear, etc. but still!). Also, it's a 30-40 minute drive each way to this place! What do you guys think? When you're going to get a steady weeks worth of work with no machines used, no loading and unloading or driving from stop to stop, do you price it all that differently? I can't seem to justify pricing it less. P.S. Sorry so long! Whew!