How I bid a 35 tree planting job.

You win some jobs and lose some, it’s the nature of the landscaping business. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who was called on to bid a job that required him to plant 35 trees, which all were in 6.5 gallon containers. Here we see how he was planning to do the job and what his expenses were going to be. This information could help you in a future bid.

One lawn care business owner wrote “I got a call today from a potential landscape customer that has 35 cypress trees he just bought at a really good price ($7 a piece). The trees are in 6.5 gallon containers. He already has the ground marked exactly where he wants them planted. He is also having a load of top soil brought in and I will have access to his tractor for the topsoil. I just have no idea what to charge!?

To do the job, I will be digging about a foot and half - 2 foot down and then the same for the width.

I am thinking about renting a tractor or something with an auger attachment. Depending on price. I was thinking it would be around $400?

I quoted the guy $650 for the job. That was with me supplying fertilizer for the trees when I planted them.

I figured 35 holes, each hole taking at least 10-15 mins.

Quoted the guy and he declined. Decided to do it himself. He got a few quotes and said they were all out of his price range.

I looked into it and found I could get a 12″ auger for about $60 for the weekend if I picked it up between 2-3pm on Friday. I was going to do the job on Saturday. I was also going to have another guy with me so I figured between $75-100 for the day. So expense wise I would have about $200-300. I thought $650 was a pretty fair price. I talked to a few others that do this kind of stuff and was told $1000 minimum. Oh well, you can’t win them all.

A second lawn care business owner replied “don’t sweat it. At 15 minutes per hole, that would be between 8 - 9 hours to dig them all. When he gets through six holes dug, my guess is he will call you back. Then make sure to double the price.”

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