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Help with pricing massive shrub trimming!!

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by chrisvinky, Jun 19, 2013.

  1. chrisvinky

    chrisvinky LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 350

    I have a bid to give a bank that has roughly 300 small to medium sized shrubs (1 -5 feet tall) and 38 larger shrubs ( 6 - 10 feet tall).

    I usually price shrubs at $5 for small ones and $10 for large ones. Using that formula, this bid would be for about $1900!!!

    Just wondering if I am even in the ballpark of most of you guys??
  2. Ray_Lawns

    Ray_Lawns LawnSite Member
    from NE AL
    Posts: 125

    I charge by the hour and have a set minimum, try that and see how it works.
  3. RSK Property Maintenance

    RSK Property Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,486

    you are much cheaper then me, but you are also down south, so your market is not the same as my market. I charge, 10-15 for 1-2 ft. tall shrubs, 20-40 for 3-5 and something 6-10 is 50-100 depending on how bad it is. in your area that sounds like it could work out as a winning bid.
  4. Colaguy

    Colaguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 599

    I do the samething. Easiest solution by far.
  5. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
    Posts: 4,548

    I'm assuming these shrubs have been maintained and you are not cutting them way back? Don't forget you will need to haul the debris off. What about working around cars and people....that could slow cleanup unless it was a weekend job.

    I'd say you are close but it would all depend on how bad you wanted it. You will save time by being at one site all day.
  6. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,922

    Three missing pieces of information: (1) What is the terrain? Are they growing on flat, slopes, or steep slopes? (2) What is underneath? In other words, will the cleanup be on bark mulch, stone, grass, or ??? (3) How compact are they positioned? What is the working room around them? Are they so close you cannot get between, or are they spread out? Are some of them growing next to a building?

    These considerations would be important for me. Some of the other concerns have already been asked.
  7. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 16,992

    Could you do it without something happening???
  8. Colaguy

    Colaguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 599

    Sure why not.
  9. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 16,992

    Just trying to be funny after reading your posts this week, hope your doing well.
  10. chrisvinky

    chrisvinky LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 350

    The shrubs are all on flat ground but some are fairly close together. They have been maintained so there would not be much to cut off of each shrub but there is black rubber mulch as ground cover so cleanup would be a pain!

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