Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by rixtag, May 17, 2002.

  1. rixtag

    rixtag LawnSite Senior Member
    from Lehi Ut
    Messages: 280

    I have property that needs some trees replaced. 2 kinds of trees. 5 foot blue spruce and 8 foot royal red maples. About 14 trees total.My question is what do you all charge to install them? Is it dependent on size, type etc? What things do i have to do differently than regular shrubs, plants etc?This is a little out of my scope but I do maintain the prop and it is a formal request from the PM. It would make good points if this is something I could do.


  2. prairie

    prairie LawnSite Member
    from kansas
    Messages: 115

    What ways do you have to plant the Trees? Shovels or tractor?
    Buy the plants at whole sale ans charge at least 2x what you bought them for to plant and for the trees.

    Waht's your overhead?

    It should only take about 10 min at the most to plant the trees.
    140min x $30/hr and cost of trees.

    I don't know all the specifics of the job site so it's hard to tell with my overhead and expenses I usually run about 2.5 times the amount of material costs to take care of my over head and profit.

    I shoot for $350-500 / day in profit to my books, and this is NET profit.

    For me lets say trees cost Spruce-5@100/tree=$500
    for the other trees 9 @ $95/tree=$855
    Total cost of materials=$1355
    My usual multiplier 2.5x1355= $3387.50 for job done
  3. rixtag

    rixtag LawnSite Senior Member
    from Lehi Ut
    Messages: 280

    I appreciate the quick response and the info, prairie. One huge detail I left out. The trees are to replace dead and/or dying ones.

    What kind of labor charges to remove old trees also? Or do you figure that into the multiplier?

  4. prairie

    prairie LawnSite Member
    from kansas
    Messages: 115

    No I usually charge a min. of $50 a tree. This all depends on if you can just pull the tree out or you have to cut it down, stump grind, and cut the trees up.

    If the trees are the same size that you are putting it, I would charge $50-75 per tree and the cost of desposing of them.

    And if they have been in the ground since saplings you probably need to cut them down and cut them up and stump grind the stump. For this I would charge $125/ tree atleast.

    So the totals for what I gave you would run between $4500-5500 depending on how you want to remove the trees
  5. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
    from nowhere
    Messages: 1,578

    Never use the 2x method ... it doesn't work .... there has been a ton of posts on this and explained why it doesn't work in detail.

    10 mins a tree? Are we talking about a caliper tree?Praire ..not to be smug here but if you can plant 14 caliper trees in 2hours time Ill keep you busy all season long.

    Around here that job would probaly go for around $6000 Canadian.

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