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Price pruning

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by GenesisLawnNLandscape, Apr 1, 2005.

  1. GenesisLawnNLandscape

    GenesisLawnNLandscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    Would like a estimate or guess for a contract with 1414 scrubs and mulch when needed.

  2. Lawnchoice

    Lawnchoice LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 781

    You are gping to have to get into detail if you want any help !
  3. GenesisLawnNLandscape

    GenesisLawnNLandscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    I am new to this website. I have 1414 shrubs to prune twice a year. I must maintain 3 inch hardwood mulch on all beds. Probably will not have to apply much mulch at all. I will apply as needed according to contract guidlines. I must prune 2 times a year. I am sorry but I can't give much more information. All are relatively easy to work with.

    R/Eric :waving:
  4. GenesisLawnNLandscape

    GenesisLawnNLandscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    Why is this showing that I moved? What did I do?

  5. crawdad

    crawdad LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,938

    You need to figure out how long it'll take and multiply that times your desired rate of pay. We cannot help you with that, especially because we have no idea what kind of shrubs, their size, whether you have to haul off the clippings, etc.
  6. GenesisLawnNLandscape

    GenesisLawnNLandscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    I may try to charge by the piece and just add in for the ocassional mulch.

  7. TScapes

    TScapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 453

    I take it that you don't know what kind of shrub you are proposing to prune. Most shrubs that I deal with need to be pruned more that 2 times per year. But I have several in the Ilex family, privets, manhattans, barberries, etc. Do any of those resemble you shrubs? I don't think someone can get an accurate price per shrub without know what they are dealing with.... growth habit, variety, etc.

    Let me ask you this.... do you know what kind of car you drive? Or is it a truck? The same mentality needs to be applied here. KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DEALING WITH! Do some research and find out about their growth patterns, then you can make a logical guesstimate.
  8. Kate Butler

    Kate Butler LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 640

    Go out to the job, take a look at the WORST/most difficult of the shrubs needing pruning. Start your stopwatch, pretend to prune it, stop your stopwatch when finished, multiply by 1414, divide by 60 (minutes per hour), multiply by what you'd like your hourly rate to be. Then decide what your bid should be according to the number of properties, time to be spent travelling from site to site, actual time to be spent pruning, number of times per year to be serviced, etc..
  9. GenesisLawnNLandscape

    GenesisLawnNLandscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    Thanks Kate Butler, it is nice to know there are people like yourself still around. Thank you very much.


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