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Ballpark pricing for wedding/ bed maintaince

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Doc Pete, Oct 11, 2002.

  1. Doc Pete

    Doc Pete LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,469

    This is the first time I taking on maintaining bedding. Is there a rule of thumb or simple way to estimate weeding and maintaining shrub/flower beds. The estimate would be just for weeding the beds. Mulching, shrub trimming and edging would be a different price structure.
    I guess I'm looking for a "price per square foot" to weed. Is this possible.
    Thanks much,
  2. Expert Lawns

    Expert Lawns LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,660

    my $.02

    if i'm asked to weed i give them a high estimate. weeding is teedious and annoying.

    if its not done on the same trip as the mowing, i add $20-$30. don't forget to factor in the cleanup.. i use a tarp, you can drag it around and just toss the weeds on it...if not, you need to charge for yard waste bags too.

    weeding is a BIG PITA. i know a lot of people that don't even do it. i disagree, its extra $$ and it keeps the customers happy. plus it keeps them from saying "oh i found someone to do my weeding, they're going to mow for me too" :cool:
  3. ilovethisgame

    ilovethisgame LawnSite Member
    Messages: 136

    l usually charge $50.00 per m/h plus an addtional $30 per month for chemical control thereafter or 10 cents per sq. ft. for spreading Ronstar G.

  4. dukester

    dukester LawnSite Member
    Messages: 92

    What is "Ronstar G"? What does it do? Thanks
  5. KLMlawn

    KLMlawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 443

    Well, I have to agree that weeding and bed maintenance is time comsuming and should be charged for accordingly. I do not actually perform any real "bed maintenance" aside from an initial weeding and mulching (which is charge for additionally) for any of my customers execpt those who are interested in paying the additional money.
    Unfortunately, there are several companies in this area which include weeding and bed maintenance in their weekly cutting price and are not really including any additional charge for it ... how they can do this I am not sure while still claiming to make a profit.
    As a Matter of fact, I have a customer whom I provide Lawn care (fert.) to but would never be able to compete with the company they have for mowing. The customer has about a 2/3 acre and a total lawn area of 16,500 sq.ft. The company they have is makes aproximately two visits a week, one to do the bed maintenance, the other to do the mowing. They have a 3-4 man crew for each visit and spend about 45 min there each time. So collectively, they are there for about 1 1/2 hours at what we will average out to 5 man hours. The customer only pays a set rate of $40 per week for only those weeks in the normal growing season(30-32), not paying on a 10 or 12 month basis. Assuming that each one of the crew is getting a minimum of $10 per hour, and there are 5 manhours for this job, how can the owner of this company make any money when he is at a deficit of 1 hour every week on this particular house????
  6. ilovethisgame

    ilovethisgame LawnSite Member
    Messages: 136

    It's a granual pre-emergent basically you spread it like you would fert. over the entire bed area. It gives you between 3 to 6 months of protection aginst germinating seeds. Works great but, it cost about $90 per 50lbs bag.

  7. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501


    Believe me there is no way to estimate exactly a new property for weed clean-up and bed maintenance. Just quote an hourly rate per week, per month, etc. that you are confortable with.

    You will find that people have different expectations on what they want done in this regard...for what it is worth, I have found that people from the UK have much more stringent requirements when it comes to this kind of work. The "English" love their gardens and go out of their way to keep them that way year round.

    Just my 2 cents my friend.

  8. Doc Pete

    Doc Pete LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,469

    Sounds like the only fair way is a straight hourly rate. The church was looking for a price to put in their budget for next year. Maybe I'll try to map out the areas and find out what they expect, then offer a min/max price according to weekly or monthly weeding. Thanks guy's for the heads up.
  9. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,585

    what I do is tell them I THINK it will take x hours per month to maintain what you describe...at the end of the first month I tell them I will then have better info to give them a more "precise" figure. I have not had a single problem selling it this way. OF the 10 where I do no mowing just the kind of work you describe, I was dead right on 5 of the estimates, three I had to bump up 10% and 2 bump down 15% after one month of history. THere is no way you can predict up front how much weeding will be necessary unless you use the chemical mentioned above,,,and I am not a fan of certain herbicides and nor are some of my customers.
  10. Doc Pete

    Doc Pete LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,469

    That sounds pretty fair. I do that with the new lawns I cut. I give them a price for the first cut, saying it could be more for the next cuttings........... then I either stay at the quoted price or tell them the increase and let them decide if they still want me to cut it again.

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