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Need help with removing bushes.

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by baseball9074, Jul 8, 2013.

  1. baseball9074

    baseball9074 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 196

    Customers son asked me a price to tear out and hall away these 5 overgrown bushes. I know everyone will say you need to know your costs but I'd like to hear others ballpark what they would charge.i know what I need to make an hour but I don't know how long it will take. What I really need to know is how long should I expect this to take and what would be the best way to remove them. Here is a pic. Thanks for any tips.
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  2. trock

    trock LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 431

    What will i be using to remove them?
  3. baseball9074

    baseball9074 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 196

    That's what I'm asking. I'm thinking either tie them to the truck and pill them out or if that's not an option then probably have to dig them out.
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  4. Colaguy

    Colaguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 599

    Pull out with truck. If no truck, use Sawzall w/a 12" demolition blade. Me doing it with my trusty Sawzall (to get to deep roots "in" ground) & chainsaw for above ground, haul away to landfill=$450.00.

    You might charge more/less depending on your area.
  5. baseball9074

    baseball9074 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 196

    Thanks for the help. If you could use a truck would your price he the same?
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  6. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    What are the chances of some kind of utility wire, pipe or cable being under the roots??? what kind of cleanup is necessary, especially after ripping them out with a truck???
    Becuz bushes ar so bulky to haul, you may want to take the time to delimb the bushes, first so they can all be cleaned up and hauled away in one load... when it comes to getting them out of the ground you only have a naked trunk to work around...
    I always try to get away with simply cutting the trunk at ground level and painting the stump with roundup straight out of the bottle... What are they going to do with that spot once the bushes are gone??? those root may not interfere with the future plans at all...
  7. trock

    trock LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 431

    You never asked how to do it! You asked how much to charge and how long will it take! How can we help you if you don't say how you plan on removing them. Pulling them out with a truck is dangerous... hope you have insurance incase the chain breaks and goes through there window. Not to mention all the neighbors seeing them pulled out the unprofessional way and putting tire burnout marks on the driveway. You should call before you dig so they can mark out the area. What will you be doing with all the debris? How many trips will it take to haul them away? How big is your truck? How many guys will be on the job? Are you going to be putting something else in place of these? Need to know much more info to answer than what was given.
  8. baseball9074

    baseball9074 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 196

    Sorry for the confusion. I'm also curious to hearing people's ideas for removing them. Id like to hear others method of removal. All debris will taken to a landscape waste place( for free I'm pretty sure need to call and Double check). I'm thinking 1-2 trailer fulls but I won't know the exact size of the bushes until I actually stop by the property tomorrow to see what I'm working with. Me and possibly one more person. I have a 1500 ram 4x4, but if I pull them out with a truck I will have my buddy with his 7.3 250 4x4 pull them out. I will find out the exact details of the size and what to do next after they are gone and get back to you. Thanks for your help
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  9. wildstarblazer

    wildstarblazer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,046

    If you want it really easy, just chainsaw each shrub at the base and chop into reasonable size pieces to fit in the trailer to haul then rent or hire a stump grinder to grind whats left. $450 should take 2 hours. Always a good idea to call 811 before you dig. They come out free so you won't have any broken pipe wire issues.
  10. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776


    Address the roots after they are gone and the HO decides what to do.


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