massive amount of shrub removal.. opinions on pricing? (many pics inside)

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by facework84, Jun 1, 2012.

  1. facework84

    facework84 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 29

    Ok guys,
    This customer threw a curveball at me with this request for an estimate. I've never seen so many shrubs installed at one property before.

    Background:

    The customer bought the home to fix up and resell, and is trying to cleanup the landscape to make it less "scary" to potential homeowners. He told me to use my judgement as far as which to prune/remove to make it look cleaner. He wants me to cut out shrubs, spray/cover the roots, and prune the remaining shrubs as needed.

    For disposal, he has a field behind the house where I can drag/tow the debris. I can squeeze through the rear gate with a lawn tractor, but not with a very wide load, so it will probably mostly be drug out by hand.

    We will have a three man crew..

    See the pics & captions below. I have circled in red the ones that are planned for removal.

    In total, there are around 15 shrubs, a couple small trees, and a small amount of weeding.

    Rear of the property.. vine thingy growing on wall
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    Rear.. small shrub to be remove
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    Rear. In this corner, there are actually 6 shrubs like this. Very overgrown mess. Will probably cut out every other shrub, leaving three behind.

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    On the left is one of the shrubs mentioned in the pic above. To the far right is more of a small tree that needs to be removed.

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    Better picture of the small tree pictured above, as well as another small tree to the right. Its hard to tell, but the back door is between the two trees.
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    Front of the house.. self explanatory with the circles. I think it will look way cleaner and less crowded with all of these removed.
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    Another view of the front
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    These two circled are growing into the shrubs in front of them, as well as being crowded right against the home.
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  2. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    Put the forks on the skid steer and bring one guy. 800 bucks
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  3. thats one of them where you don't know where to start or stop, rip it all out.
     
  4. lazor-cut

    lazor-cut LawnSite Senior Member
    from Wixom
    Posts: 315

    yupp RJ is right skid steer...
    I use a Choke chain. (the harder you pull the higher is wraps around the base of the bush or tree.
     
  5. facework84

    facework84 LawnSite Member
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    don't think you can get into the back yard with a skid steer..

    what about one of those choke chain things attached to a walk behind? could that work?
     
  6. lazor-cut

    lazor-cut LawnSite Senior Member
    from Wixom
    Posts: 315

    Yeah just make sure u have a new trans on deck....
    You have any buddies with a dingo? or atv?
    If nothing else cutting everything off at the ground wouldnt be too bad.
     
  7. lazor-cut

    lazor-cut LawnSite Senior Member
    from Wixom
    Posts: 315

    Tell them that fence looks ugly and outdated and rip that out too.
     
  8. facework84

    facework84 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 29

    I was thinking about cutting them out, spraying the roots with a stump killer formula, and covering them with black plastic. Seems like the easiest method for me, and cheapest method for the customer. He isn't looking to get it super spiffy and spend a fortune. Then maybe I could do measurements and talk him into a mulch job

    Should this keep them from coming back? Only concern with the chemicals is the dog in the back yard


    @lazor-cut.. thank for that. made me laugh
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  9. chavezw16

    chavezw16 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 23

    We have done lots of shrub removal like that the easiest way I have found is a mini excavator. It will probably take about 30-45 minutes per shrub. just stick the bucket at the base of the root ball and dig it up, it usually comes out in one big piece. they do make the mini excavators pretty narrow to fit through the back gate
     
  10. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
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    Most of that stuff is small and you can just use a shovel to get them out.
     

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