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trimming shrubs

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by motichka218, Jun 25, 2009.

  1. motichka218

    motichka218 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 30

    what are you guys charging to trim shrubs/bushes. also to clean it all up
  2. david shumaker

    david shumaker LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 721

    I charged $40.00 for the shrubs I did today. It took about an hour, but would have taken less time if I hadn't disturbed some yellow jackets.

    I try to estimate how long it will take and give people a flat price. I shoot for $40.00 - $50.00 an hour. I don't quote an hourly price because the customer usually thinks it's too much. They don't know how long it will take, so a flat price may sound cheaper to them. It's hard to estimate exactly how long it will take, so how much you make may flutuate some.

    Small shrubs can be knocked out in no time once you've done them for awhile. Watch your legs as those gas powered clippers can take a hunk out of your leg if they slip and come across your leg.
  3. Roadboy

    Roadboy LawnSite Member
    from Austin
    Posts: 5

    Just "trimming shrubs" should always be part of your regular maintenance. You should do it with scissors, if it's just a trim. :)
  4. grasswhacker

    grasswhacker LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,873

    $50-60 hr for 3 hrs or less. $40-49 hr for more than 3 hours. Also depends on the difficulty, ie topiary, hard to reach or get to shrubs.
    I always charge a lot for taxus, because I hate trimming taxus.
  5. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,834

    why do you charge less for longer hours?
  6. grasswhacker

    grasswhacker LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,873

    Less behind the wheel time. Travel time = lost $

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