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Trimming 250 Boxwoods.

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by mulchmaster, Mar 4, 2011.

  1. mulchmaster

    mulchmaster LawnSite Member
    from ohio
    Posts: 212

    One of our large snow removal customers has asked us to bid their summer work. I've been this business for 15 years, but have never had to bid trimming 250 small boxwoods. Could someone give me an idea how long this should take? Their small, only 12" to 15" and have been taken care of so we wont be taking much off. Just need an idea of how long it should take, not looking for a price (unless you wanna spit one out) lol

  2. ozarklawns

    ozarklawns LawnSite Member
    Posts: 65

    If it makes a hedgerow it would take less time but individually I would guess at this size no longer than 3-5 minutes each not including cleanup of clippings or fuel while running trimmers. Its really a volume job and I would be running as many people on trimmers as possible while having a couple guys cleaning up clippings as you go. Mulching after trimming will save you cleanup time as you can cover up SOME of he clippings with mulch. I cant really say I have done this amount of boxwoods for one client but the ones I do take about this much time each. Good Luck!
  3. mulchmaster

    mulchmaster LawnSite Member
    from ohio
    Posts: 212

    Thanks Ozark.

    I wish they were a hedge, that would be much easier. Whoever layed this out was a moron, as they planted everyone of these along the access road to the building. It wouldnt be a big deal if they didnt require an extreme amount of salt throught the winter season. Hopefully they all survive, but I am pretty sure some if not most will die.

  4. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Platinum Member
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  5. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,812

    But if you decide to trim these boxwoods you looking from $700 to $1000
  6. TurnerLawn&Landscape

    TurnerLawn&Landscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 127

    $8/hedge is what i would charge
  7. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,812

    if you can get paid $160 hour great :drinkup::drinkup::drinkup:
  8. TMlawncare

    TMlawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,197

    We have an HOA account that has 400 boxwoods. They are lined up like a hedge. Each one is about 14" diameter. We get $1.50/each which totaled $600 for trimming and disposal. It took 16 man hrs to complete the job.
  9. Deori

    Deori LawnSite Member
    Posts: 197

    I do a lot of trimming in my neck of the woods and I'd agree with this price range. Depends on your labor and what not, of course I'd rather be closer to the grand if you think you can get it, but up to you.

    Boxwoods are soft enough and you said they're small and you don't have much to take off so you shouldn't even be spending 3-5 minutes per bush as someone else said. Still, if you figure 2 minutes per bush, that's a quick shaping and walking to the next one, that's still 500 minutes (over 8 hours) of trimming time, lol. That actually sounds about right, but if you've got 2 or 3 guys trimming and 2 coming behind to clean up, you should be able to knock it all out in a half day easy.

    Your back is going to hurt something awful by the end of it from bending down to trim all those little shrubs, I know!

  10. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,931

    3.50 per bush would be appropriate. Personally I would trim once and spray with Atrimmec. Should last all season. Of course upsell the Atrimmec and charge accordingly. I usually get 6 months with almost no growth.
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