Pricing long and tall hedges

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lawnkid, Jul 14, 2003.

  1. lawnkid

    lawnkid LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 935

    I am not new to trimming small to medium sized hedges but a hedge shown in the pic below I've never done before and a customer that cuts their own lawn but lets me take care of all the rest would like me to trim this hedge for her. It is approximately 10 ft. tall and she would like it to be trimmed down about 2 feet. I will be working by myself with one gas hedge trimmer. I don't have an articulating hedge trimmer so I will be needing a ladder. I will be using my Stihl HS-45. I know most of you have priced bushes like this so maybe you can help. I was thinking of pricng by the hour. Would this be correct? I charge $40 per hour for any type of work. Thanks

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  2. CharlesF.

    CharlesF. Banned
    Messages: 23

    One hour with a long reach trimmer and two guys= $180
  3. Mark P

    Mark P LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 352

    :) Thats alot of hedge,prob-alot bigger than the pic indicates. Just you alone ive have to jump up into the 200 dollar range,,Your going to be there awhile, Clean-Up and haul away, Please make a profit.........Marks Mowing Service
  4. nelbuts

    nelbuts LawnSite Bronze Member
    from SW, FL
    Messages: 1,053

    Just a thought to save you a little time. Looks like you can pull your truck along side this hedge and get at least one side and the top from the driveway. My price around 225 to 250. Remember you need to include your drive time to dump the clippings and the cost to dump on top of the above price.
  5. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Former Moderator
    Messages: 6,073

    No matter what price you decide upon, don't forget to add on a dump fee. Doesn't matter if you have a place to dump for free or not. Tack on at least 30 bucks for the disposal. Because unloading the clippings chews up time also.
  6. A1 Lawn@Landscapes

    A1 Lawn@Landscapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 220

    Is that forsythia? I hate forsythia. $200-$300 depending. It looks like it has been let go for a year or more. Like everyone else said do not forget about removal fees. It always ends up being more than you planned for. Did I mention I hate forsythia? My first job when I was working for someone else many moons ago was to remove a hedge similar to that. It seemed like each branch of forsythia was intertwined with every other branch. We did it by hand with no power equipment.
  7. CMerLand

    CMerLand LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 393


    First rule of thumb in this business is nothing takes an hour so you can leave that suggestion out of the mix. You have loading the equipment time, drive there time, dumping time and drive home time and unload all the equipment time. Usually that eats up an hour automatically, and it gets worse fast if you have anyone else in the truck with you cause the drive time multiplies.

    Secondly, your going to have to get up and look in that bush to find out if your sheers will even go thru that hedge if your looking to cut two feet off. Your going to have to see the diameter of the stems at the 8 ft height to find out if your sheers will cut thru the material without hacking the bushes or constantly sticking up the sheers. If its two thick for gas sheers then that means all hand pruning and if thats the case Id recommend the lady cut them to seven feet so the thick stems are not in the new growth. Then be damn certain to sure she maintains them at the 8 foot height forever into the future.

    A job like that unless your a real gambling man, Id suggest doing by the hour at a minimum of $ 40.00 per hour. Sure by the hour limits you to the dollars per hour you make, but that job that looks like 5 hours can turn into 10 or 12 in a hurry. You can find yourself working for nothing to do a real pain in the --- job, up and down that ladder.

    Let us know what you end up doing.

  8. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,697

    Appears to me to be privet, but I could be wrong.

  9. Doc Pete

    Doc Pete LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,469

    Yeah, good idea. You're gonna have to pace youself too, or your arms will fall off by the time your done. On bigger jobs, I cut part of the hedge, take a breather by doing a little cleanup, then back to more trimming.
  10. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,143

    I just trimmed a huge hedgerow today, and it sucked! For stuff like that, which is hard to estimate, I just tell them an hourly rate. I figured the hedges would take me an hour, hour and a half. Took me 3 hours, with disposal. You never know, so I feel safer giving an hourly price.

    Can those hedges afford to be taken down to 2 feet? Don't kill 'em! My bush trimming pet peeve is people who say "Hack 'em waaaaaaay back." There's only so much you can take off without killing them.


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