What do you guys think of my first gardening estimate?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by XterraJohn, Jun 14, 2007.

  1. XterraJohn

    XterraJohn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 178

    The customer has an overgrown flower garden spanning the width of the front of their house, minus the garage. Roughly 18x3 feet, irregular shaped. It has several shrubs/bushes planted in it, but has grass and weeds growing up all over the place, and the bushes growing into each other. There are also two round flower beds around two trees with nothing planted in them, but with grass and weeds. Customer said that they want the weeds pulled, bushed pruned, and new mulch put in, plus they want the two round beds cleaned up and planted with a flower of my choosing, as long as it's low maint. Here is the quote that I sent:

    Materials for front flower beds
    - 2 flats of Petunias - $42

    - 11 cubic feet of mulch for front flower bed against house - $55

    - 2 cubic feet of mulch for each round flower bed - $10

    - 2 cubic feet of gardening soil for each round flower bed - $20

    - Weed front garden, prune all plantings as needed, and spread mulch -

    - Weed round garden, mix potting soil in with existing soil, plant
    flowers, and spread mulch (each) - $33.75

    Without seeing the yard in question, does this seem about right, or am I too high/low? I estimated that it would take 4 hours or so for the entire job. The customer said that it was a little higher than expected, but that they would talk it over with their spouse and get back to me.
  2. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,988

    Are those material prices what you're charging the customer? I'd assume so if we're talking 85 bucks for about half a yard of mulch...

    If it does take you 4 hours total, that's 45.00 per hour for the labor, which sounds pretty good for this type of work..

    It's better if you just add all that stuff up and give the total price to the customer. I always itemize the work to be done, but never itemize the price.

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