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Old 07-16-2013, 12:39 PM
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String trimming steep hill

Went to give estimate for customer who wants a steep bank cut with a string trimmer. Customer is going to plant ground cover (English ivy, etc) on the bank. The bank is about 12' - 16' high and to steep to stand on. I was going to recommend spraying with roundup then proceed with planting once the vegetation is gone, but I'm not licensed for chemicals.

If I attempt to cut with string trimmer I was thinking of charging 2 hours at my hourly rate. Would you'll take or pass on something like this?
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Old 07-16-2013, 01:26 PM
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Absolutely just wack it! Well, string trim is the correct wordage but we used to say "weed wack"..
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Old 07-16-2013, 01:32 PM
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Doesn't look too difficult of a job, I'd say go for it and you'll be fine. Charge your hourly rate for however long you think it will take.
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Old 07-16-2013, 01:53 PM
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String trimming steep hill

Should only take a hoir
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Old 07-17-2013, 01:47 PM
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Shouldn't even take an hour, from that picture I could have that done in about 30 minutes. I wouldn't worry about the spray, they will just grow back - let the ground cover take control of the bank. I think your hourly charge for 2 hours should make you some money. I don't think you should tell them you are billing hourly though in-case something happens. You never know might hit a rock, break a trimmer head or something. The second picture looks stand-able to me.

Make sure to charge extra for the ground cover and planting time if you end up doing that.
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Old 07-17-2013, 02:10 PM
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When in doubt, pick up a cheap pair of cleats, more traction on the hill.
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Old 07-17-2013, 06:41 PM
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20 -35 minutes. I'd probably charge her $75 and be on my merry way
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Old 07-17-2013, 06:52 PM
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Went to give estimate for customer who wants a steep bank cut with a string trimmer. Customer is going to plant ground cover (English ivy, etc) on the bank. The bank is about 12' - 16' high and to steep to stand on. I was going to recommend spraying with roundup then proceed with planting once the vegetation is gone, but I'm not licensed for chemicals.

If I attempt to cut with string trimmer I was thinking of charging 2 hours at my hourly rate. Would you'll take or pass on something like this?
You know she wants a clean slate to plant which means raking the clippings. I would charge $150, Trim, Rake and Remove
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:38 PM
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^- 200$ if you are disposing of that stuff, count the time it takes you to unload it.
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Old 07-17-2013, 11:12 PM
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I'd charge $125, wack it and blow the debris up the hill
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