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Edging questions....

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by JShe8918, Oct 12, 2008.

  1. JShe8918

    JShe8918 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 946

    The city is bidding a contract to maintain the edging of all of the curbs and sidewalks of a street in town... They gave us the total linear feet as being a little over 2 miles of edging. This is including all three edges. The street curb and both sides of the sidewalk. They want it done once a month for a year. The current edge is in pretty good shape. The bid is also to include removal of the excess grass. I was figuring around $550. Does that sound reasonable.

    I also have a couple of accounts who want me to refresh some of their old bed edges. That is not a problem but what is a problem is that my brown throws all of the dirt it digs right back into the flower bed... What is a solution to this?
    Therefore causing me to have to remove the mulch in that area and clean it using a wire screen. Most want new mulch so that isn't a problem but two want strictly the edge redefined. Any help is much appreciated.
  2. The Captain

    The Captain LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 607

    What is your normal growing season? Six months or ten months? How long will it take to walk 2 miles plus go back and pick up the mess? I think for 2 miles of edging and cleanup you're way cheap. Just my opinion.
  3. mississippiturf

    mississippiturf LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 674

    Sounds a bit cheap to me.
  4. Kennedy Landscaping

    Kennedy Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,597

    I would be thinking about 700/month
  5. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,810

    What's does "removal of excess grass" mean? Is it simply blowing?

    I don't see your bid as way low or too cheap. How long could it possibly take.. 2 hours by yourself... maybe?

    It only takes 20-25 minutes to walk a mile... slowly.

    Good luck......
  6. JShe8918

    JShe8918 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 946

    thanks guys. I like to charge atleast 50 cents per foot if I have a residential that calls and ask for me to do there's. Since they mow there own grass. And the minimum is 35 dollars nzlrmally. I think I am going to bid about 775-800 because I forgott about all of the blades I will have to replace while doing this. Thanks guys
  7. JShe8918

    JShe8918 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 946

    most of the grass we have here will take over a sidewalk in a short period of time. Bermuda is what happens to line these walkways and it is a tough little thing it holds on with everystrand it can
  8. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,810

    As for the mulch... rake it back away from edge.. then edge and smooth dirt.. then rake mulch back over. done.......
  9. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,810

    So you estimate it will take you 13 -17 man hours? I know things are a little slower down there.. but not that much. :)
  10. howierd3866

    howierd3866 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 348

    we get a penny a foot but we do way over two miles at a time

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