Huge holly trimming


LawnSite Senior Member
Blackstone, Va.
I was contacted by one of my customers in a very old and wealthy area of town where I typically take care of her lawn. She wants me to cut back six 10ft tall hollies that line her driveway. She wants them cut back a substantial amount. I typically get an average price of hedge trimming by going by the amount of shrubs i trim but this job is significantly different.

How would you go about charging for this job?

ron mexico75

LawnSite Silver Member
Probably base it on how many hours it will take you plus dump/removal fees.

Also, I could be wrong, but I don't think its ever a good idea to remove or cut back more then 1/3 of a shrub at any given time. Could cause serious problems especially if they are old and established.


LawnSite Member
I have explained that it's not healthy but she wants it no matter what.
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As long as you do the pruning this spring, the hollyies will generate new growth from the larger stems. I have a customer that has me cut her hollies back every 3-4 years to basically stumps. They are at least 25 years old, and look fantastic. You aren't going to hurt them. Go for it! I would also charge by the job (which would have the disposal fee a part of the total job). Good Luck!!