Estimating, Bidding Class - Landscape Contractors

Contact: Emelie Swackhamer, horticulture extension educator

Penn State Extension

Montgomery County Office

1015 Bridge Road, Suite H

Collegeville, PA 19426


Class on Estimating and Bidding for Landscape Contractors planned for January 23 & 24, 2019.

Collegeville, Pa. – Landscape contractors are invited to this two-day intensive workshop which will be held on January 23 & 24, 2019 in conference rooms 205 and 206 at the Penn State Great Valley Campus in Malvern, PA. We will discuss how to determine the overhead of operating a landscaping business and create a profitable bid. There will be opportunities to ask questions and explore bidding practices with other contractors.

On the first day the class will work through a spreadsheet using real-world examples to figure overhead costs of a landscape installation business. Each participant will receive an electronic copy of this spreadsheet so they can adapt it and use it for their own business.

On the second day, the class will work together to create a bid for a small residential hardscape and plant installation job in detail, using the overhead costs determined on the first day of the class.

Join this workshop to discuss benefits and pitfalls of some common estimating methods. Explore the concept of production rates in depth, including why it is important to know what they are and how to determine these rates. We will also discuss profit margins and offering employee benefits.

The instructor is Scott Burk, owner of Scott's Landscaping, Inc. in Centre County, a mid-size, full-service company. He is a graduate of the Landscape Contracting Program at Penn State University and serves as a guest instructor for current Penn State students. Come hear what one of Pennsylvania's most successful landscapers has to say about running a profitable business!

The cost to attend this class is $200. Pre-registration and payment is required by January 22, 2019. To register go to:

Questions regarding class can be directed to Emelie Swackhamer at

Individuals can also call Penn State Extension at 610-489-4315.

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