Shrub removal estimate.

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by spin2098, Apr 20, 2011.

  1. spin2098

    spin2098 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 131

    I had a customer call me to come look at some shrub he wants removed not sure what I should bid it at. There are 31 total shrubs and trees all full grown and mature. He has a irrigation system that runs under his beds as well. The shrubs are as followed any help would be great thanks.

    13 Barberry
    5Gold Threads
    3 Albert Spruce 7-8 feet tall
    3 White pines 8 feet tall
    2 Arborvitaes 8 feet tall
    1 Dog wood
  2. deere615

    deere615 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,676

    well it depends on if you are cutting them at the base or removing completely. You will probably need a machine and the barberrys get to be a pain because they hurt.Figure out what your dump cost will be plus drive time and how you will haul it as there will be a alot with everything at full growth and 31 shrubs. Factor in a loader or skid cost irrigation lines would have me worried I would try doing a bit of hand shoveling to find exactly where they are.
  3. FLCthes4:11-12

    FLCthes4:11-12 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 283

    Reckon how long it will take to pull out over 700 pfitzer juniper i got a job starting next month.
  4. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,530

    tell him up front the irrigation may be destroyed and that will be extra cost after the removel is done
  5. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,530

    All depends what you going to use to pull them out
  6. FLCthes4:11-12

    FLCthes4:11-12 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 283

    either a small mini ex, some a dingo and others full size skid, the terrain varies and the room that i have to work as well
  7. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    I would use a micro-excavator or some really small hoe. Not big enough to tear the lawn, but big enough to get the job done. Even a small backhoe on a Kabota utility tractor would work.

    I would do a full estimate for a complete renovation to remove the existing shrubs, tear out and re-install the irrigation, and and final grade on the beds.

    At least if it breaks the budget then the landscaping can be re-installed in the future.

    If budget is an issue, maybe you guys can re-evaluate if he really needs to remove all those shrubs.

    All in all though, I'm guessing the root system of the shrubs have wrapped around the existing irrigation, so there is probably no salvaging the existing.

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