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How long to clean weeds and debris from 22,000 SF of beds

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by 32vld, May 8, 2012.

  1. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,983

    A potential customer called me asking how much to clean up his beds. Then maintain them through out the year.

    The property has 49,500 SF with a a huge house. About double the foot print of a 3 BR colonial/Hi ranch. Their last guy started to slack off then stopped showing up.

    The property has 22,000 SF of beds. Half are not too bad and the other half needs serious cleaning.

    No mulch is present, lots of 1"-2" rocks, some branches, some leaves, lots of moss and weeds.

    They do not want trimming, edging, or mulch.

    I have never done beds on such a large scale. My question is about how long would it take to weed and remove debris?

    Then once cleaned up how much time would be needed to do a weekly maintenance service to keep the beds nice?
  2. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,737

    Solo= a long time
  3. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,659

    I wouldn't take that on by myself,you'll regret it
  4. easy-lift guy

    easy-lift guy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,372

    Really, there are some jobs better left alone. This is one of them. Call them back or see them in person and excuse yourself from the bid.
    easy-lift guy
  5. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,983

    I plan on doing it with 4 people including myself.

    Then having one person do weekly maintenance after all the intial clean up work is done.

    Not sure how much I can charge for the intial clean up.

    Not sure how many man hours would be needed to do intial clean up.

    Not sure how many hours a week would be needed to maintain beds after initial clean up.
  6. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,465

    Since your in the Hampton"s, charge at least a 100 an hr.
  7. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,659

    If I'm in doubt I estimate a bit high it's just learning from experience and it takes time but start high then back off as you learn and are able to get more accurate with your bids, you'll learn quickly trust me I am,LOL for example if I think it will take half a day I bid for a whole day, better that way than the opposite way IMOP.
  8. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,983

    Shinnecock Canal is 40 min East of me.This customer is just North of NY 25A.
  9. Can you post some pics? I would def try and get both jobs. Not sure why anyone would pass on these. The initial cleanup sounds like it would be a good chunk of change as well as the weekly maintenance.
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  10. I don't agree with that philosophy. So people that have more money should pay more bc of that? I charge everyone the same. I don't give breaks to people that have less money.
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