Old 06-30-2013, 09:27 PM
tazman tazman is offline
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Arborvitae job bidding

I am bidding on two different jobs, but they both pertain to trimming arborvitae.

The first has 210 rows of arborvitae around 50-60 feet in length. The rows are between the houses. They want them pruned down to 7 feet in the whole community. They are currently between 8-9 feet in height and 3-4 feet across in depth. Originally I quoted $200 per section earlier in the year, but they only wanted about 10-15 sections down. I think if I stay with the $200 per section price, I will be to high. We have worked in this community the last 5 years. We prune their 1/2 mile of laurel hedge every year.

The second job has about 3-400 sections and it is topping them (6 inches or so) and pruning the sides. This is a new prospect. Since we have not done this before, not sure how long it will take and I don't want to price myself out of a nice job.

Open to any ideas or advice. Thanks
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Old 07-01-2013, 09:57 AM
Smallaxe Smallaxe is offline
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The 6 inches off the top shouldn't be too difficult, unless there are already those knots near the top, and that would be my concern about the 8-9ft. tall ones... if the loppers are required to do a good job that is a big price hike...

Do you have an idea of how many hours are involved???
We have one arb hedge that is over 1/4 mile long and that needs to be done at about 7ft. as well... 2 people can do the top in less than a couple of hours, but that is shearing only,,, no loppers...
Now that I know that clay's texture(platelets) has nothing to do with water infiltration, percolation, or drainage
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Old 07-01-2013, 09:46 PM
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I concur with smallaxe
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Old 07-01-2013, 11:21 PM
Red Shed Landscaping Red Shed Landscaping is offline
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I only do trimming by the hour since it is always hard to determine how long it will take. It usually takes longer than I always plan on with making sure they have a good shape and all the clean up.
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