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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by the.hines, Sep 14, 2010.

  1. Hell on Blades

    Hell on Blades LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 513

    You may need to look at your man hour calculations. I'm not saying that $50 may not urn a profit for you, but you probably need more and don't realize it. At least you should be able to get more and probably aren't willing to risk losing the bid.
  2. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,238

    I'll bet you could just pull those right out of the ground.
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  3. the.hines

    the.hines LawnSite Member
    Messages: 126

    Nope their root system is all around the sprinklers, believe me I thought about it
  4. Grass Shark

    Grass Shark LawnSite Senior Member
    from Zone 7
    Messages: 660

    Crawl on the ground and snip them at the base with some loppers, 10 minutes. Don't pull the roots out if they are around the irrigate.... unsless you know how to fix irrigation
  5. LoweJ82

    LoweJ82 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 365

    Just plain stupid, If your moving dirt call 811 or get a e request.

    Those dont look to bad, Id probally attempt digging them out by hand, or just cut off at the ground and drag to the curb.
  6. the.hines

    the.hines LawnSite Member
    Messages: 126

    Just a cut at the base maybe a little trimming at ground level, drag to curb and on to the next job. I am doing this job tomorrow I will post a picture after wards.
  7. AzLawnMan

    AzLawnMan LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 409

    Is she a current customer? If she is then that should be included in service. If one of my customers came out and ask my crew to remove those little things, they wouldnt even bother calling me they would take the extra 10 minutes and knock it out. JMHO
  8. kilgoja

    kilgoja LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 944

    what if he doesn't have a crew?...and he is a one man show...then it's probably gonna take 30 min to do it so he should charge for that time
  9. Andover Landscape Co.

    Andover Landscape Co. LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Lexington,KY
    Messages: 573

    Just wanted to add that if there is a concern as to the plant growing back through the mulch? Then I'd hit the fresh cut woody material with roundup. The root system should suck that up and die...:rolleyes:

    Some shrubs, this time of year will just go dormant then come back in the spring.. Weed mat is no comp. for a shrub....
  10. AzLawnMan

    AzLawnMan LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 409

    Well even more of a reason not to charge, then his customer may realize he doesnt have to charge because he has no overhead. Listen, do what you think is the best deal for you and your operation. Its hard to say to do something when I have know idea how you run your company. Im just saying from my prospective when a customer wants something extra and expects to pay and I knock it out and they never see a charge, well they appreciate that either now or maybe later. One of my crews called today and said "Hey the customer left a huge pile of oleander's that he cut up on the street side, its alot, did you want us to take it?" I said, "Go ahead and load it up and dump it at the shop, its friday we wont need the space anyways." Well sure enough I get a call from the customer thanking me and how much he appreciated it because now I saved him a trip to the dump on his saturday off and now he can keep his truck clean. He said to send him a bill, and I told him not to worry about it, that I appreciated him using us. He reponded, "You will be our company for many years, we are very happy with you" Now thats funny he would say that because just about a year ago we re-landscped his backyard and I was ready to drop him and he was ready to fire me, funny how taking a pile of debris away changes someones attitude.

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