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Estimating for pruning shrubs

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by weaver_b, Dec 22, 2002.

  1. weaver_b

    weaver_b LawnSite Member
    Posts: 18

    Hey Guys,
    I'm curious how others estimate/bid pruning shrubs.
  2. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
    Posts: 3,256

    For me it's just looking at the job and guesstimating the time it will take and multiply that time by hourly rate. Take everything into consideration, tools to be used, access, clean up, removal of debris.

    I know that others have mentioned a set price for small, medium and large shrubs. I see too many variables to set a price like that, but if it works for them, who am I to argue.
  3. weaver_b

    weaver_b LawnSite Member
    Posts: 18


    I'm fairly new in this business and am having a difficult time
    guestimating. How would you guestimate a 200' row of Burford
    hollies that are about 3-4' tall?
  4. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
    Posts: 3,256

    Oh boy. Without seeing it I couldn't even begin to guess. That's one thing I'm not too good at, guessing off of a description.
    That's why I always have to tell customers/callers that I need to come out and look at it.

    Your time will also depend on your equipment. 30" trimmers compared to 20' trimmers are going to speed things up. Clippings falling into grass where it's easier to rake them up as opposed to falling into stone or mulch where you have to be a bit more delicate removing them and not the mulch.

    Are they overgrown or just touching them up?

    Access, are they against a structure (building, fence) where it will be hard to get to the back? Are they far from truck/trailer where you'll have to drag tarpfuls to trailer?

    How much will it cost you to dump debris? How long of drive to dump?

    All these are things I consider when I look at a job.

    Best I can suggest is, if you've done ANY trimming before, even at your own house. Think how long that took and how big of a job that was. Then compare that to this job and go from there.

    Good luck.
  5. DLS1

    DLS1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,619

    I asked this question a few months ago. I got some good answers. Use the Seach icon at the top of the page and search for 'hedge'.
  6. Likestomow

    Likestomow LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 997

    weaver_b --- if these hollies are individual bushes, I'd charge $3 each because I could do one in 3 minutes or less if there was no clean up. If you have to remove the clippings, I'd charge $5 each.

    If the plants are already shaped into a hedge, then I'd charge $1 per lineal foot ($200), and would include cleanup also.

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