Huge holly trimming

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by clayslandscape, Mar 7, 2012.

  1. clayslandscape

    clayslandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 461

    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?
  2. ron mexico75

    ron mexico75 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,809

    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.
  3. clayslandscape

    clayslandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 461

    I have explained that it's not healthy but she wants it no matter what.
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  4. 3rdDayBrad

    3rdDayBrad LawnSite Member
    from MI
    Messages: 123

    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!!

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