Landscape cost estimating workshop set in Griffin

By for CAES News

University of Georgia

Landscape businesses are popping up all over Georgia, and each faces a common challenge. Big, little, seasoned veteran or new in the business, each has to decide how much to bid on a job.

Without the proper tools, that's a tough decision. Bid too low and you lose money. Bid too high and you don't get the job.

Fortunately, the University of Georgia takes the guesswork out of the decision with its "Cost Estimating and Job Bidding Workshops for Landscape Professionals" Nov. 30-Dec. 1 in Griffin, Ga.

UGA horticulturists Gary Wade and Elizabeth Winans and economist Cesar Escalante will provide computer software and show how to use it to estimate overhead, labor and equipment costs. The program will be in a computer lab and is limited to 26 people, so don't wait to sign up.

When, where

The workshop will start at 10 a.m. Nov. 30 in Room 327 of the Flynt Building on the UGA Griffin campus. Get directions or a map online at

The first day's sessions will show how to use Hort Scape software to figure landscape installation costs. Friday's program, which starts at 8 a.m., will show how to use Hort Management software for maintenance cost estimating.

The $150 fee, or $250 for two people from the same firm, covers the cost of both software packages, lunch both days, refreshment breaks and instruction.

Register by phone with a credit card at (770) 229-3477. Or download a registration form and mail it with a check to Office of Continuing Education, 125 Stuckey Building, 1109 Experiment Street, Griffin, GA 30223.

Call (770) 229-3477 for more information.

Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.