What Do You Charge?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Mowman, May 27, 2000.

  1. Mowman

    Mowman LawnSite Senior Member
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    Do you charge by the shrub or by the hour? Last year I charged $3.00 for small shrubs and $5.00 for large ones. People thought that was kind of high. So help me out on how to charge this year. Hour or by the shrub,and how much by shrub or the hour. Thanks for your input. Mowman
     
  2. AGG Lawn Maintenance

    AGG Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Senior Member
    from Elberon
    Posts: 422

    Mowman I used to charge by the shurb in the retirement villages I cut. Sometimes customers only wanted one or two shurbs cut.So I had made up a floor plan of the house and where the shrubs were located. They all had highlighters to highlight the shurbs they wanted cut. They also had a price key so they knew how much to make the check out for. I no longer cut Retirement complexs too much of a pain. Now I charge by the hour ($40.00) It works out well. I try to get the customer to lock into 2-3 times a year. Good Luck<br>Travis AG&G Lawn Maintenance :)<br>
     
  3. Guido

    Guido LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,085

    No Matter if you charge by the shrub or by the hour it should equal out. You have to start by setting what you want to get paid for an hour. If it's $60.00, for an example, and you can do a shrub in 5 minutes, That comes out to $5 per shrub (12 shrubs an hour) It should be the same price. Unless you don't base your estimates on hourly rate. I'm confusing my self now so I'll put my calculator away and shut up! Hope it helped a litttle bit.<p>----------<br>&quot;guido&quot;<br>David M. Famiglietti
     
  4. curlawngreen

    curlawngreen Banned
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    Take a look on page 36 of NILSSON'S book Labor Time Data Handbook.It is exactly how long it takes me to trim my client shrubs and trees. The info I already knew but unsure of my correct times compared to others in the industry.Now I know.
     
  5. accuratelawn

    accuratelawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    We charge $5 for small $10 for large. Trim and clean-up. If you need a ladder the price goes up.
     
  6. steven Bousquet

    steven Bousquet LawnSite Member
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    hedge trimming and pruning two different things and can get priced differently. if your a certifyed nurserymen you do pruning for $50 per hour if your hedge trimming you get $38 buck per hour. and a clean-up guy gets billed at $35 per hour. if you have skills and know how to prune you can get these prices easy. if your a hedge trim, mow guy without the hort skills $25 per hour is more common. for pruning we have 6 ladders of different sizes, fiskar prune sticks, 24&quot;, 30&quot; gas power trimmers, gas 24&quot; pole trimmer reaches up 16'. fiskar hand pruners. we have 3 certifyed people to prune and two horticutural specialist. remember prune for growth trim for beauty. good luck
     
  7. steven Bousquet

    steven Bousquet LawnSite Member
    Posts: 138

    hedge trimming and pruning two different things and can get priced differently. if your a certifyed nurserymen you do pruning for $50 per hour if your hedge trimming you get $38 buck per hour. and a clean-up guy gets billed at $35 per hour. if you have skills and know how to prune you can get these prices easy. if your a hedge trim, mow guy without the hort skills $25 per hour is more common. for pruning we have 6 ladders of different sizes, fiskar prune sticks, 24&quot;, 30&quot; gas power trimmers, gas 24&quot; pole trimmer reaches up 16'. fiskar hand pruners. we have 3 certifyed people to prune and two horticutural specialist. remember prune for growth trim for beauty. good luck
     

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