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Rock Install pricing

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by rockandroller, Apr 25, 2007.

  1. rockandroller

    rockandroller LawnSite Member
    Messages: 121


    I could use some pricing advice on a rock install job. Roughly 400 sq ft of beds that need to be cleared of weeds and overgrowth, then spread 4 yards of 1"- 1" 1/2 rock.

    My estimate so far is:
    $320 rock Install (labor only)...Access ib a bi***, need to ramp up through alley
    $125 for clearing out and round-up weeds and removal of unwanted perennials

    + del/travel time???

    This is where I am having problems....I can hopefully get 1 yard on my 4x6 trailer and I have at least 40 minute round-trip time to the yard back to the site. Do this 4 times and my time adds up. What is a fair rate for p/u and delivery....? Having the supplier deliver it is really not an option since the access is in an alley used for traffic.

    The rock is up to the customer and is dependent on what type they would like to use. Any advise would be appreciated.....
  2. SOMM

    SOMM LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 425

    Rock in the STL ranges from $15 - $125 per bobcat-scoop "ton".

    You're gonna get reamed for less than $1600 on this job to include your labor & other costs.

    You need 12 tons rock put over landscape fabric, and the day's ( or Toro Dingo's delivery ) labor to do it.
    You're own truck & trailer are gonna get beat to sh% unless material company delivers.

    You need to account for other administrative factors here too, on top of all these costs -unless you're just a beer-drinking weekend warrior "yahoo", .
    What happens when the license collectors drop by, open the books and see you're not listed?

  3. rockandroller

    rockandroller LawnSite Member
    Messages: 121

    Wow...12 tons...that sounds like a lot of rock for 400 sq ft. I was planning on going about 2 inches. Using the fromula of 1 ton per roughly 100 sq ft that's what I was thinking. Correct me if I'm wrong, but does 12 tons sound high to anyone else?
  4. gammon landscaping

    gammon landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 553

    a bit high but 4 is not going to do it either i think 8 is more in line i did a rock job under a deck that was 60' long 4' wide and with one off set with around 80 sq feet in it and we used 6 ton and the labor is hell on these jobs if you have to move it far or they choose 2 in or larger rock
  5. chris638

    chris638 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 149

    Your coverage is going to vary quite a bit depending on what kind of gravel you install. The bigger the stone, the less coverage per ton you will get. 12 tons is high. so is $1,600.00, but that's just me. It shouldn't take all day to install 400 sq. ft. worth of gravel. I'm paying between 8 and 12 dollars a ton of stone. I would probably bid a job like that for $800-$900
  6. tjsquickcuts

    tjsquickcuts LawnSite Senior Member
    from Atlanta
    Messages: 943

    typical coverage is 90 sq. ft./ton, 2" deep, so if you are needing to cover 400sq ft, I say 5 tons @ 130 per ton for River rock, 175 for clean-up and etc....125 for weed block screen, and $45 delivery, labor and equipment fee. So I would have bid somewhere around $995, plus or minus difficulty of job.
  7. Ric3077

    Ric3077 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,113

    I'm with Tj..ditto

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