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Bi-weekly shrub trimming

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by wojo23323, Jan 9, 2003.

  1. wojo23323

    wojo23323 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 608

    I have a potential customer that wants his shrubs to be kept neat. He wants them trimmed every 2 weeks if anything has grown. How could I give him an estimate for that. He has about 200' of hedges and 47 smaller shrubs. I am leaning on telling him I could charge by the hour, but I don't like to have customer know my hourly rate. Any suggestions???
  2. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,774

    He sounds like someone that could be a PITA. I might not want to deal with that.
  3. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Every 2 weeks? Guy sounds kind of anal if you ask me.

    What kind of shrubs and hedges are they? Even forsythia that grows like a weed doesn't need that kind of maintenace.

    BTW, what's wrong with giving an hourly rate?
  4. wriken

    wriken LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,154


    BTW, what's wrong with giving an hourly rate?

    I had a heating/cooling guy work on my air conditioner, with a helper. I did more work then the helper, when I asked him how much, he (90.00 per hour, 45 for me, 45 for him. Going Rate.:eek:
  5. Turfdude

    Turfdude LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,899

    Privet hedge may grow that fast. Anyway, if the client is willing to pay for it, just estimate the number of hours to prune and multiply by your hourly rate. Add disposal fees if necessary. That way you get your hourly figure and client won't know what it is.

  6. Doc Pete

    Doc Pete LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,469

    Sounds just like my best customer. Her husband does the lawn for exersize, and I do the weed whacking/edging and shrubs every other week. She's demanding, and always says, " just tell me how much", and I do. You shouldn't be afraid of letting her know your hourly rate, unless you don't think you are worth it.
  7. wojo23323

    wojo23323 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 608

    The reason I don't like to give my hourly rate is most people think that $40 per hour is too much. I have had better luck just giving them a price for the job. I gave him a quote for pruning 3 times per year, but he doesnt want that. He wants every two weeks. It all depends on how fast the shrubs grow on how much pruning we will have to do. I think I will tell him we will do it by the hour, than next year we can put the shrub trimming price into his annual agreement.
  8. Doc Pete

    Doc Pete LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,469

    Well, there ya go..........Ask them if they want me to prune their shrubs at $65/hour. Actually, I kinda feel like a lawyer, and am proud to tell them how much my "expert services" will cost them per hour!!;) ;)
  9. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
    Messages: 3,256

    Man, I'd love to have a customer like that!
    I suppose you could do it two different ways.

    1. Make the hedge trimming a seperate charge and go with your hourly rate.


    2. Add the extra time right into your regular weekly mowing fee, and just touch up what needs touching up each time your there. So if you spend an extra half hour there each week walking around and snipping here and snipping there, add $20 to his regular mowing fee.
  10. devildog

    devildog LawnSite Senior Member
    from sc
    Messages: 270

    ditto, I would also add a schedule to this task. Thus your not doing harm to these ornamentals (pruning @ wrong time of year) with regards... devildog

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