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grassmasterswilson
08-27-2012, 05:28 PM
For some reason I just don't do much pruning. I usually leave it up to the customer. I don't upsale or suggest like I should and that's my fault.

I've been thinking about adding a pruning and bed maintenance package as an add on to my mowing customers. I would prune 2-3 times a year and spend some extra time with weeds/pine cones/sticks/etc in the beds.

Since I don't prune much and usually bill by the hour I was wondering if anyone had any type of formula for estimating. A lot of my customers like a specific price and not a guess. So I was thinking of breaking it down by plant size. Maybe...

shrubs under 5 feet would take 5-10 minutes
shrubs 5-15 feet would take 15-20 minutes
anything 15+ not for me
hedges under 5 feet would be 5 minutes a foot
hedges 5-10 feet would be 10 minutes a foot
anyting 10+ not for me
Hand pruned shrubs would be 15 minutes each

You could then figure up your time and multiply by your hourly rate.

Would this work? Am I close on my estimated time?

Smallaxe
08-28-2012, 09:11 AM
It all depends on how and what you're pruning... I typically prune in the Fall for a one-time deal, with a power hedge trimmer... Some need to have dead wood removed along with old wood, requiring loppers... cross branching needs to be cleaned up on some plants more than others...

Clean up is the biggest time consumer and the most tedious part of the job... if they have much in there and you're pruning in the middle of the growing season, you are looking at endless irritation... :)