How do I bid on trimming shrubs?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by RR's Lawn Service, Feb 27, 2011.

  1. RR's Lawn Service

    RR's Lawn Service LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    I am just looking for what it the best way to bid on trimming shrubs. Thanks in advance.
  2. XLS

    XLS LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,038

    go do them a year and tell us ,knowledge is always the best way to know
  3. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,050

    we need to see what you are trimming :weightlifter::weightlifter::weightlifter::weightlifter:
  4. FLAhaulboy

    FLAhaulboy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 852

    Quote an hourly price & if they want the debris hauled off, charge extra. If you quote a set price instead of an hour rate, you'll screw up eventually on most jobs and lose money because you'll miss calculating how long a job will take you to complete...sooner than later.
  5. BanksPower

    BanksPower LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    We bid them at a $1 a cu. ft. as long as we do not use a ladder, $3 a cu. ft. if over 5' high. This also depends on how wide they are and if a hedge clipper can cut them. Rule of thumb: $70 an hour. Clean up and disposal.
  6. starry night

    starry night LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,321

    Uhhhhhhh. per cubic foot?
  7. kilgoja

    kilgoja LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 944

    by myself on average is takes 1 hr for every 10-15 bushes...counting trimming, cleanup, and all....i did a job with 40 bushes and it took 3 1/2 hrs by myself...the bushes were small to medium sized....and they were already shaped well...if you have to reshape them and such it's gonna take longer
  8. BanksPower

    BanksPower LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    Just caught that... had mulch on the brain last night.
  9. starry night

    starry night LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,321

    It wasn't meant to be a jab. Even after 28 years in business, I learn new things all the time. So I wondered about this measurement for estimating trimming. :laugh::laugh:
  10. landscaper7

    landscaper7 LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 3

    I charge $50 per man hr for plant and tree pruning.

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