Where do you make the most profit?

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by GroundScapesIncorporated, Aug 22, 2007.

  1. GroundScapesIncorporated

    GroundScapesIncorporated LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Messages: 386

    Segmental walls
    or Maintenance

    I have had this conversation with a few other local companies lately and was surprised at the comments I heard. Just curious what you all experience.
  2. mrusk

    mrusk LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,260

    Plantings hands down.
  3. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
    Messages: 2,702

    plantings and low voltage lighting
  4. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,929

    Plantings! If I could do solely plantings I would have as much money as GM.

  5. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Messages: 3,498

    My winning combination:


    Natural landscapes, natives......$ I also make good margin on equipment, I'm an operator vs user.
  6. bigviclbi

    bigviclbi LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
    Messages: 900

  7. STL Ponds and Waterfalls

    STL Ponds and Waterfalls LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,174

    How do you guy's charge for plantings? Time and material? Markup to retail???
  8. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,603

    smaller installs. I've done jobs ranging from 3k to 500k and let me tell you if you can knock out a 3k to 8k small house a day you're gold. You have to have population density for that though... which I of course don't, so I tend to do larger more time consuming projects. But I can dream.
  9. leaflandscape

    leaflandscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 241

    I find there's great money in hardscapes, but only if you've got really good experienced guys on site. If your crew is slow, there's a fine line between a moneymaker and a dud.
  10. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Messages: 3,498

    Wet lay is kinda tough. I am anal and I'm not slow but I can make more money with plants. I charge a good dollar for masonry too but if there is a mishap it can hurt.

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