best way to remove this, how was my bid?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by cochino12, Jun 23, 2005.

  1. cochino12

    cochino12 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 319

    I have never pulled a cactus before and normally wouldnt mess with it but its for an elder lady who is an excellent weekly customer and she said she would rather spend her money with me. So I told her $175 to pull it out, and she will handle the disposal too. Any suggestions or advice on getting it out? I was thinking I'd just cut the branches (are they called branches?) off with my chainsaw and then just dig the rest of it up? Thanks for any help



  2. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 4,205

    Why cut it? I would just dig it out.
  3. FlaRipper

    FlaRipper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    175 seems pretty steep. Is this only one cactus? Sounds like some easy $$. Just clip off the branches and pop it out with a shovel. Not much of a root system. Should take 5 min
  4. cochino12

    cochino12 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 319

    Yep only the one cactus, I wasnt sure how deep the roots were. I figured it would be easier to take the branches off before I dig it out. Thanks :cool:
  5. yamadooski

    yamadooski LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 434

    175.00 is a good price. How many times do you think your'e gonna poked?
  6. Scapegoat

    Scapegoat LawnSite Member
    Messages: 249

    More power to ya for getting $175. That's about $35 a minute for that job. :)
  7. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
    Messages: 3,256

    Definately seems high $ for one small cactus, especially considering SHE has to dispose of it after you get it out of the ground.
  8. mcclureandson

    mcclureandson LawnSite Member
    Messages: 242

    175.00 for that...I guess you saw her coming. I couldn't live with myself...that shouldn't take five minutes.
  9. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Well hey now the man was covering his tail cauz the job COULD be a real pita but he didn't know it was gonna be easy...
    Still I agree, I think maybe after you get it out you do what I do when this happens: Look sheepish and fess up, then give her the right price and she'll be so glad you're honest, too.
    Remember, you can always go down in price (yes, even WAY down).

    I've done that plenty times, quoted a high price only cauz I thought it would take a long time (or be a real pita) then it turns out it took all of 3 minutes so I just fess up and slash that old price all to pieces and make it right.
  10. dexpress

    dexpress LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    Each time I have lowered my price I have been given more work and improved the loyalty of that customer.

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