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Tree Price question???????

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by JW Lawn, May 12, 2007.

  1. JW Lawn

    JW Lawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 48

    A weekly customer called and wants a 15' weeping willow tree. I called a "friend" who owns a landscape company and he quoted me 250.00 delivered...its a 3.5" caliper trunk and 12-15 tall...Thats seems crazy expensive to me!!!!!!!!!!!! or is that about right?????? thanks
     
  2. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,213

    Thats a deal delivered. My cost for a 2-2.5" Willow is $ 150.00 at the nursery.
     
  3. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,173

    That's a smokin deal if its #1 grade, even if it's not it is a willow for pete's sake; it will grow 5 feet next year and won't even look like the same tree.
     
  4. Dreams To Designs

    Dreams To Designs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,406

    That's a decent price for the tree, especially delivered, but it may still be a bad choice. Unless this tree is to be planted in an out of the way area or hopefully near a pond, it is going to be a maintenance headache. Weeping willows are dropping something 365 days a year. They are weak wooded and are prone to pest and disease issues. I'm sure it's what the customer wants, but maybe you can educate them towards a better choice.

    Kirk
     
  5. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 6,464

    thats a deal! my cost would be 150 for that also!
     
  6. orangeblossom

    orangeblossom LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    I just read this story. We would never do the job, for a tree as such, under $500.00.

    We would pay about $125.00-$150.00 for the tree, and the rest would be profit.
     
  7. JW Lawn

    JW Lawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 48

    OK cool....Yep i planted it at the very back of his property and about 10-15' from a small stream....I charged him 420.00 to plant and stake.Thanks
     
  8. PatriotLandscape

    PatriotLandscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MA
    Messages: 1,209

    we 300% most of our plantings which includes amendments, mulch, staking.
     
  9. PatriotLandscape

    PatriotLandscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MA
    Messages: 1,209

    So you would retail a tree at 500 and then charge to install it? or just 500 for the tree and the install.
     

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