Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Property Management Forums > Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job

Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job
If you need help coming up with a bid for a lawn care, landscaping, tree cutting or irrigation job, post the specifics here and pictures of the job site. If you are looking to learn about bidding, review the jobs posted here.

How much to charge for tree planting


Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job

If you need help coming up with a bid for a lawn care, landscaping, tree cutting or irrigation job, post the specifics here and pictures of the job site. If you are looking to learn about bidding, review the jobs posted here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 05-18-2012, 09:55 PM
wat5150 wat5150 is offline
new member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 604
Rep Power: 0
wat5150 is on a distinguished road
Default How much to charge for tree planting

I dont do a ton of plantings. I just got a call today asking me to plant 6 to 7 arborvitae. Should I go strictly hourly on this job? How do you guys price these jobs. I have my hourly rate for mowing but dont really have one set for just manual labor..Planting, etc.
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 05-18-2012, 10:07 PM
Hedgemaster Hedgemaster is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 2,772
Rep Power: 0
Hedgemaster is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
$40/$50 per tree (to dig/plant + cost of tree/delivery) sound somewhere in the ballpark to anyone else out there?

I haven't really done enough of that work to say for sure. The size of the tree will also be a factor. A "six foot arborvitae" doesn't sound very big, but with the root ball, it's "clunky", heavy, and takes up a lot of room in a truck/trailer.
Depending on your setup/proximity to nursery, sometimes it's less hassle to pay them to deliver to the jobsite for you.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 05-18-2012, 10:14 PM
SECTLANDSCAPING SECTLANDSCAPING is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: CT
Posts: 1,912
Rep Power: 0
SECTLANDSCAPING is on a distinguished road
Default

I would just do it hourly so theres no under/over charge. The rate should be the same as your mowing, unless you bring a helper. Then add a delivery fee. A local nursery wanted to charge one of my clients $40 for 8 azaleas. So I would think $75 for delivery is fair.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 05-18-2012, 10:25 PM
Grass Doctor Grass Doctor is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: san antonio tx
Posts: 407
Rep Power: 3
Grass Doctor is on a distinguished road
Default

generally nursery will charge a flat charge of 50.00 per a 25 gallon tree charge by the gallons of the plants a tree can be 12 ft high but be i a 15 gallon bucket i charge by the gallons of the roots and i will charge twice as gallons lets say if a plant that is 5 gallons i will charge $ 10.00 when i plant is 30 gallon tree i will charge $ 50.00 and that is a huge root ball most like those arborvitaes will be in a 15 to 20 gallons bucket so u talking about 30.00 to 40.00 but is better if u can do 50.00 don t forget to loose up 1/4 around the root has always work for me.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 02-06-2013, 06:22 PM
GodsGreenEarth GodsGreenEarth is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 2
Rep Power: 6
GodsGreenEarth is on a distinguished road
Default

I struggled with this one for a while starting out, but the best standard I can find is to charge 2.5 to 3 times the cost of the tree to cover delivery and planting. This works well because bigger trees cost more and are going to involve more work planting and carrying etc.

Now if the customer is supplying the trees/shrubs it can get tricky. If you are simply digging a hole and they aren't that big....I'll sometimes charge an hourly labor fee....I'll sometimes go that route if its like an elderly client or someone I'm just planting something simple for, but usually only in a "favor" type situation.......You know "Hey my daughter got me this for my birthday and its dying in the house can you plant it".....$20. Done.

The secret as with anything is to be able to support a higher fee. Customers are willing to pay more when you show up with a bag of peat moss to mix with their clay soil, some fertilizer and you take the time to water all the trees. As with anything professional service is worth a professional fee.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 02-07-2013, 12:08 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,516
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
The secret as with anything is to be able to support a higher fee. Customers are willing to pay more when you show up with a bag of peat moss to mix with their clay soil, some fertilizer and you take the time to water all the trees. As with anything professional service is worth a professional fee.
I think a lot of newer businesses struggle with this. Can you give us some example of how you would charge for these additional services?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Planting Grass Seed for Client sunsetlandscaping Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 2 04-11-2012 12:44 PM
mass planting JP Landscaping Community Assistance 0 04-25-2010 09:09 PM
How much to charge? renecooke87 Introduce Yourself 3 04-14-2010 08:53 AM
don't know how much to charge jfcrawford General Talk 3 02-14-2010 08:52 PM
How much too Charge??? Lawncare3000 Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 3 11-19-2008 09:18 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
12 Years in Business!
Chilehead
Yesterday 08:07 AM
Yesterday 11:08 PM
by Chilehead
2 84
Dealing With Gas Can...
Mr. Mow
10-21-2014 01:41 PM
Yesterday 11:06 PM
by Chilehead
9 291
Lawn Care business...
crieg122
Yesterday 01:23 PM
Yesterday 06:56 PM
by Matther777
2 96
raking leaves ?
robert8509
10-22-2014 09:19 PM
Yesterday 06:40 PM
by robert8509
7 185
hey everyone
robert8509
10-22-2014 08:16 PM
Yesterday 06:16 PM
by robert8509
5 142
Cheapskate Landlord...
Mr. Mow
10-20-2014 06:33 AM
Yesterday 05:55 PM
by biglee
13 401
My Newest Toy (B.P....
Dan Tanner
Yesterday 05:50 PM
Yesterday 05:50 PM
by Dan Tanner
0 53
Pressure Washing Like a...
TNTurf
08-01-2014 11:47 PM
Yesterday 03:33 PM
by TNTurf
10 821
Hi from SoCal
Jmoney
Yesterday 11:29 AM
Yesterday 12:51 PM
by Steve
1 67
Workmans compensation...
CDLAWNCARE
10-15-2014 08:05 AM
Yesterday 12:33 PM
by Steve
5 519
Pda
stevef1201
10-18-2014 02:05 PM
Yesterday 06:12 AM
by ringahding1
4 347
Leaf Box & Loader Set...
ringahding1
10-21-2014 06:20 AM
Yesterday 05:13 AM
by ringahding1
5 240
Hello, from TEXAS
sanchez5
10-17-2014 09:56 PM
10-22-2014 01:27 PM
by Steve
6 419
Organic Lawn Care...
NHray
10-17-2014 06:05 PM
10-22-2014 01:23 PM
by Steve
3 393
Hi Steve From West...
Mr. Mow
10-21-2014 01:59 PM
10-22-2014 01:19 PM
by Steve
1 168
Help a brother...
tbtigers03
09-28-2014 11:41 AM
10-22-2014 08:51 AM
by ringahding1
12 1,534
first year update
cmdlawncare
08-12-2014 05:41 PM
10-22-2014 07:47 AM
by ringahding1
4 1,351
What parts do you carry...
Just for Cuts
10-17-2014 09:08 AM
10-21-2014 01:36 PM
by Mr. Mow
16 669
Jungle to Beautiful
stevef1201
10-17-2014 09:54 AM
10-21-2014 01:26 PM
by stevef1201
11 521
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
10-21-2014 01:19 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
158 11,412
Sunny Beach Tennis...
SGL1
10-19-2014 11:24 PM
10-21-2014 01:04 PM
by SGL1
4 274
Have you ever had to...
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:41 PM
10-20-2014 08:34 PM
by biglee
10 1,828
Look out Bob Villa -...
Mr Dave
09-30-2014 10:06 AM
10-20-2014 05:42 PM
by SGL1
7 1,333
how to fi d commercial...
mchampion319
10-19-2014 09:50 PM
10-20-2014 04:41 PM
by Steve
1 242
Hello From Tennessee
mrmann901
10-17-2014 10:02 PM
10-20-2014 04:24 PM
by Steve
1 314
questions on order to...
jack2048
10-13-2014 11:15 AM
10-20-2014 03:27 PM
by Mr. Mow
15 763
This sucks...
Matther777
09-18-2014 04:56 PM
10-20-2014 02:14 PM
by Steve
14 2,216
Cement mixer
KevinsLawns
10-15-2014 08:03 PM
10-20-2014 02:11 PM
by Steve
7 499
Hello ! New guy Rob here
RWorthley1
10-17-2014 04:05 PM
10-20-2014 02:09 PM
by Steve
1 341
Snow Blowing
gwilson98
10-12-2014 02:21 PM
10-17-2014 02:51 PM
by Steve
6 679
Spreading Weeds?
WesleySnips
07-27-2014 09:46 PM
10-17-2014 07:49 AM
by SGL1
6 983
Grasswhoopins.com Anyone...
GRASS WHOOPINS
06-21-2011 11:38 PM
10-16-2014 01:30 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
42 9,350
I Want to buy old...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-10-2014 10:04 PM
10-15-2014 09:12 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
6 709
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
10-15-2014 06:43 PM
by NHray
1,190 340,240
Do you find weed eating...
chuck2s
10-15-2014 02:10 PM
10-15-2014 02:10 PM
by chuck2s
0 430
Incorporating &...
WesleySnips
10-01-2014 09:39 PM
10-15-2014 01:37 PM
by kslawn
20 1,529
Falling into business
stellarmowing
09-28-2014 04:35 PM
10-15-2014 05:57 AM
by ringahding1
8 1,537
Apartment Complex and...
lxarth
06-22-2011 01:10 PM
10-14-2014 06:25 PM
by jrs.landscaping
42 9,628
I LOVE hedge trimming
stevef1201
10-13-2014 09:05 AM
10-14-2014 01:06 PM
by Steve
5 567
Help with seeder...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-09-2014 07:39 AM
10-13-2014 08:09 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
5 726
The Market watch
WesleySnips
10-12-2014 08:47 PM
10-13-2014 05:40 PM
by SGL1
3 567
Help pricing a large...
Bradcook21
10-07-2014 06:49 AM
10-13-2014 02:00 PM
by Steve
7 911
leaf removal
Double J LLC
10-03-2014 04:24 PM
10-13-2014 06:46 AM
by Billy Goat
19 1,567
Acerage Rake
acrajchel
04-23-2014 07:23 PM
10-12-2014 10:53 PM
by SGL1
2 876
John Deere z235 Deck
WesleySnips
09-29-2014 06:02 PM
10-12-2014 06:20 PM
by kslawn
25 1,690
Credit card contract
SGL1
10-06-2014 05:31 PM
10-12-2014 03:40 PM
by SGL1
18 1,103
Truck craft dump bed...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-04-2014 08:41 PM
10-10-2014 11:35 AM
by Steve
7 1,010
First Time River Rock...
berryjam
10-09-2014 06:09 PM
10-10-2014 11:08 AM
by Steve
2 650
West cost lawn prices
SGlawncare
10-09-2014 09:51 PM
10-10-2014 11:03 AM
by Steve
1 644
Question?what should I...
dalvan0
09-24-2014 11:10 PM
10-09-2014 05:58 PM
by kslawn
28 2,180
» Popular Tags
4wd apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate applying bob villa bush charge christmas commercial deliquentaccounts demonstration exmark ferris first truck georgia gopherhaul gravely hardscapes hills holiday honda how much to charge how to hydraulic labor cost landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business book lawn care business podcast lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website lawn care website seo lighting brass outdoor lights managing a lawn care business marketing mechanic monthly mowing mulch mulch price new business patio install podcast property management company push versus ride savannah scag scag v-ride seo shell snow plowing starting a business starting a lawn care business start up lawn care business stihl sulky toro tractor auger trailer mate pro tree truck new used landscape walker won't return wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:17 AM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:17 AM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy