Rates

  • Crew rate: $55/hr – brushcutting, herbicide applications, erosion control applications, planting, plant maintenance
  • Project Management rate: $75/hr – site visits, consultations, communications, restoration plans with itemized cost projections, permit applications, unforeseen complications. No free estimates.
  • Risk/Rush rate: $75/hr – extreme slope rappelling or risk situations. Most slopes do not require rope rappelling. Rush rates are typically seasonal, during windows monopolized by municipal contracts.
  • Bulk rates: ask about reduced rates for large acreages. Municipal work is subject to prevailing wages, which are subject to change.

Rates are per crew member, with an 7-hour, 2-person safety minimum. We typically work a 7-hr day, beyond which productivity wanes and injuries increase.
All work is Time & Materials (T&M), including road time & mileage (at $1/mile, with a portion going to carbon offsets). Commute time within Seattle is not invoiced, only time and mileage for equipment transport. Every reported payroll hour is invoiced, per T&M.

Materials may include: plants, erosion fabric, coir logs, woodstraw, stakes, soil amendments/mulches, herbicide product, drip irrigation supplies

We don’t do firm bids, due to the risk of unforeseen circumstances or contingencies that would require inflated estimates.
We can give a verbal ballpark estimate that covers Best Practice basics (removal, erosion protection, replanting and plant maintenance), but if you’re looking for an exact price, we suggest you set a budget and gauge our effectiveness on a pay-as-we-go basis.

Out-of-Seattle work may require commitment to a full crew day (3 or 4 crew) for efficient carbon footprints.

In our busy season, it is advisable for private clients to be a point-person, to organize adjacent property owners to address common invasive problems or slides. This reduces administrative costs, and makes our work more effective and therefore more likely we can prioritize your work. Otherwise, we lose valuable field time, forcing a choice between a day eradicating an acre of ivy in a large parcel forest… or servicing one backyard slope. There are too few restoration practitioners with herbicide and plant ID skills, and unlimited need for our services.
From a business survival point of view, restoration is not repeat mow/blow landscaping, so jobs have to be large enough to employ a crew more than a couple of days.

What we do

  • Plant native trees, shrubs, and groundcovers
  • Remove/control invasive plants
  • Brushcut blackberry thickets
  • Apply herbicide (invasive tree injections, cut & treat applications, spray invasive monocultures)
  • Inject or spray knotweed or bamboo
  • Suggest native plants for wildlife, drought tolerance, and erosion control
  • Spread wood chips as mulch; dig in chips or woody debris as soil amendment
  • Sheet mulch and hand weed
  • Transform lawns to native plant habitat
  • Install surface drip irrigation
  • Work on steep slopes; remove invasives, install erosion-control fabrics, wattles, coir logs, and restore native vegetation
  • Work with homeowners, municipalities, land managers, and non-profits.

Thank you for your interest and efforts restoring native plant communities.

Steve Richmond
(206) 650-9807;  fax (206) 659-0939
steve@gardencycles.com

 

 

 

 

 

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