Prices for bush trimming

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by clc2003, Jun 15, 2005.

  1. clc2003

    clc2003 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ia
    Posts: 268

    I am looking for a estimate for two jobs that I have been asked to do. The first one has about 8-10 evergreen bushes and also wants leaves cleaned out of there basement window wells. Four of the bushes are very big, probably 3-4 ft. sq. Each of them are flat so the tops need to be done. I quoted him 400. He didn't say no but seemed to be shocked. I am new to bidding trim jobs, but like most of us, have sold myself short and I am tired of working for nothing. But on the otherhand, are market is saturated and I need to get my name out there as much as possible. What do you think?
     
  2. rick2752

    rick2752 LawnSite Member
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    Cant really comment on your bid but I can tell you how to get the leaves out quick. I have a cheapo homeowner homelight handheld blower that changes over to a yard vac. I have a 5x5 window well and I suck all the leaves out of it in seconds, it mulches them up a little and they go into the bag. It is pretty sweet. I tried my backpack and they went everywhere.
     
  3. NickN

    NickN LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
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    Too high.8-10 shrubs should be about $125 and should be done in 1 to 1.5 hours including cleanup.Mainly labor for trimming,plus a little to cover gas,trimmers,and removal.I've priced them too high in the past as well,so don't feel bad.I've found that the more I do,the faster I get.
     
  4. clc2003

    clc2003 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ia
    Posts: 268

    thanks for input any others?
     
  5. Scapegoat

    Scapegoat LawnSite Member
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    This is closer to what I would bid. Around here even $125 would shock them for trimming. :dizzy:
     
  6. steve in Pa.

    steve in Pa. LawnSite Senior Member
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    I try to get 10.00 a bush with out a ladder 20.00 per bush where ladder is needed.
     
  7. mikekinney

    mikekinney LawnSite Member
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    If it takes you 15 minutes to trim, should take you 15 minutes to clean up. That would be half hour x 9=4.5 hours to do the job.

    Mike
     
  8. freddyc

    freddyc LawnSite Senior Member
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    It should take 5-10 minutes for a 3-4' shrub plus a little cleanup. This is calculated using a power trimmer , tarp underneath for cleanup and the fact that they probably trimmed them last year or at least the year before.

    You should be able to finish these in about an hour to an hour and a half total time.

    I did 12-- 8' arborvities yesterday in less than an hour with a power head and trimmer, small rake for cleanup, solo.
     
  9. cedarcroft

    cedarcroft LawnSite Senior Member
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    400 sounds high, even for this area. unless it takes 4 hours. I get $75 per hour if I send my guys and $100 if I am on the job. I would figure that at 2 hours even and charge $200. The key is to then get it done in an hour and 15 minutes. if it was a good full service customer I would charge $175-195.

    BTW, thats 2 guys trimming and one guy cleaning as we go.
     
  10. clc2003

    clc2003 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ia
    Posts: 268

    thanx guys. After I put more thought into it I also thought I was high.
     

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