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estimating a shrub job

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Lawnstar, Oct 21, 2006.

  1. Lawnstar

    Lawnstar LawnSite Member
    Messages: 52

    I have a new customer that needs to get their shrubs cut. They have a brick flower bed around the house with 75 boxwoods and 5 dwarf nandinas.
    They boxwoods are about 2 ft x 2 ft. The boxwoods need a normal trimming.

    They also have 10 hollies around the house and on corners. Five of the hollies are 7 ft tall and 3 ft wide and just need a normal trimming. The other five hollies are 11 to 12 ft tall and 3 ft wide and will need to be brought down
    to 7 or 8 feet.

    Would anyone like to take a stab at what they would charge for a job like this? I don't do a lot of shrub jobs thats why I need the help. Thanks.
  2. Mr.Mow-It-All

    Mr.Mow-It-All LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 506

    boxwoods and nandinas= $240
    regular hollies= $50
    overgrown hollies= $80

    Total = $370 without seeing them, you could give or take $60-90 depending on the area, market, clean up, all kinds of variables. There is ya a rough estimate to start with though.

    Good luck

  3. Matts lawn care

    Matts lawn care LawnSite Senior Member
    from MD
    Messages: 829

    that sounds about right around here
  4. DaughtryLC

    DaughtryLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 739

    Sounds right to me, It you have a hrly rate go with that.
  5. Lawnstar

    Lawnstar LawnSite Member
    Messages: 52

    Thanks for the help.
  6. mojob

    mojob LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 515

    That seems way too low. If you're getting $40/hr, you'd have to do a boxwood in five minutes. Don't forget you have to clean up and remove what you clipped off. You can do that in five minutes? The overgrown holly you'd have to do in two hours. Any property thats big enough to have 75 boxwoods can afford to pay to have them cut. Don't cheat yourself.
  7. Lawnstar

    Lawnstar LawnSite Member
    Messages: 52

    You are right, the clean up will take quite a bit of time.
    Everything is pretty close and tight.
    Anyone else have an opinion?
  8. SimonCX

    SimonCX LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 731

    I'm with you, thats 90 bushes all together, even if you figure 15 boxwoods an hour thats 5 hours, plus the 5 overgrown hollies will be another 2-3 hours. If done properly and not just a hack job that looks like someone toke an axe to the bushes, trimming 90 bushes is going to take the whole day. I'm more around $500 without seeing it, probably alittle more depending on hollies. Don't go low because you will regret it. I would not want to trim bushes for 8-9 hours for $370. Personally I have a similar property that the person is very fusy about his bushes that is between $550-650 depending on the growth, it takes about 9 hours to do and wouldn't touch it for less.
  9. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,219

    if you dont know whats under the ground holding them in an easy way to do it is charge by the hour and then a removal fee
  10. Mr.Mow-It-All

    Mr.Mow-It-All LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 506

    A 2x2 boxwood will take me about a minute to do trim, have my employee coming behind and cleaning up and it should not take more than 2 min total per boxwood to do. I have a similar property, an enterance to a HOA and there is two rows of 27 2x2 box woods (round) for a total of 54 that I trim in about an hour.

    So on that alone I make $3 x 54 = $162 - $8 for my employees time, so I make $154 gross in that one hour. Like I said earlier I can't see what your dealing with, just giving you numbers based on what we do.

    But if you think it will take all day long, then yeh I would charge $600+++.

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