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 reduce rates for large acreages. Municipality 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 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) to minimize carbon footprints.

It is advisable for private clients to be a point-person, to organize adjacent property owners to address common invasive problems or slide issues, to minimize re-infestations. This reduces administrative costs, and makes it more likely we will accept your work. Restoration is a short-time investment, not repeat mow/blow landscaping, so jobs have to be large enough to employ a crew more than a couple of days. Otherwise, we lose valuable field time managing small clients (similar to how waiters “crash” on individual checks). As much as we want and will indeed try to help, we can’t prioritize individual customer service over efficiency, where we sometimes have to choose between eradicating an acre of ivy in one day in a large parcel forest… or servicing one backyard slope. There are too few restoration practitioners, and unlimited need for our services.

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
  • Suggest native plants for wildlife, drought tolerance, and erosion control
  • Spread wood chips
  • Sheet mulch and hand weed
  • Transform lawns to native plant habitat
  • Install surface drip irrigation
  • Work on steep slopes; install erosion-control fabrics, coir logs, restore native vegetation
  • Work with homeowners, municipalities, land managers, and non-profits.

Thank you for your interest and efforts in native plant restoration.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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