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Bed Grooming

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Snyder's Lawn Inc, May 8, 2011.

  1. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,541

    Well my question is
    Do you charge by the foot to groom edge of the beds

    Never had to groom one.
    Till now I did 460' of tree rings and 840' of beds
    Customer said last person did it by the foot but he wouldn t tell what he charged
    The job only took me 2 hrs Customer wasn t home when i did it today
    With no mulch installed

    I just want try stay with in reason of other contractors
     
  2. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,405

    I charge by the job or the hour, never by the foot.

    Usually edging is part of a clients contract package around here.
    We edge all of our clients and build that into the cost of their monthly fee.

    After you edge, it just makes the trimming so much easier and the yard looks outstanding and professionally groomed.

    A blade for my edgers is fifteen bucks plus tax and the time to change it. So, if it's a big job with lots of sidewalks, I add a bit more.

    If some-one wants me to edge their front lawn as a one off, I tell them $35.00 minimum, or more depending on the amount of work or how many blades I may go through.

    35 if it's a normal job, but if the lawn is growing way into the sidewalks and you have to shovel off large chunks of turf and blow extra hard to clean up the dirt and stuff...then I'm going to insist on more money too.

    I like to get at least $32.50 an hour for regular labour to cover overhead. profit and beer.
     
  3. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,541

    You are not on same page as I am
    I redefine mulch beds and mulch tree rings
    Means no sidewalk edger going do this
    So do you know what a bed grooming is now
    I run a turf teq
     
  4. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,717

    I done about 600 feet friday and usually charge by the foot but these were new installs so I didn't break it down that way. Never the less about $.75 per foot including bed prep is the most I can get out of folks around here.
     
  5. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,405

    Dude, I gave you an hourly rate for edging and used the sidewalk example to show how
    blade prices can enter into the equation.

    If we only edge some-ones bed, then they will still get charged the minimum labor cost.
    We do not charge by the foot here.
     
  6. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,717

    How deep and clean does that turf teq leave an edge in normal soil conditions?
     
  7. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,033

    I find it's ALWAYS best to give the customer at least an estimate of what your charges will be BEFORE you do the work. But, if I were charging by the foot it would be around $0.50 per foot assuming it was redefining and not totally establishing an edge.
     
  8. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,541

    All I did was the border edge no bed prep and no mulch

    I time my self doing a tree ring less 2min 20' per tree 23 trees = 46 min

    I had use a rake to level up what i dug out

    Wish I had my camera with me To take pics of my work But it was in a different truck
    I'll be mowing it on Wednesday so take some pics then
     
  9. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,541

    Yes most time I do that but he told me just do it bill me
     
  10. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,717

    Don't forget that your are using a specialty machine that replaced what wouldve been 20 minutes per tree had you been using a spade instead.

    BTW how well does the Turf Teq do compaired to a Brown or Bed bug?
     

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