spring cleanup

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by 1st Class, Feb 27, 2012.

  1. 1st Class

    1st Class LawnSite Member
    from MO
    Messages: 5

    can anyone help me on how to charge to trim/prune shrubs. I would like to charge one set price for each shrub, but do not have any idea what that would be.
  2. Hughes Landscaping

    Hughes Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 79

    Your best option would be to charge based on the amount if time it takes with a minimum of $xx. So if your time is worth $60 an hour, charge based on the amount if time it will take you. But make sure you have a minimum charge of $30 or so, that way you won't waste your time doing one shrub that takes 5 minutes.

    This is how we calculate our pruning and trimming prices. Don't forget to recoup your disposal fees also. We have to pay $20 to dump yard debris per trailer load.
  3. green jeans 509

    green jeans 509 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    Agreed to have a min charge. This year I am doing a $60 min charge because a couple times last year I got called to do some mild 1/2hr work. After driving there working and getting back home I charged $35. It took 20 min round trip=$20, say at least 1.5 gal of gas= $5, pay myself= $30. As you can see I already lost money so it won't happen like that again this yr. If you want a per bush rate up here most places (little guys) start at like $5 for a small bush maybe 2ft tall, $8-9 for med up to 4 ft and $12+ for anything over that. As cautioned though you may loose big time if you don't have a min charge. good luck
  4. gimmejava

    gimmejava LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    My first couple of seasons, I charged per hedge based on the size. After a couple of seasons I got an idea of how long it would take, so I based the estimate on time with $/hour. Charging per bush is a good way not to get burned early on, but I definitely recommend having a minimum charge just for a site visit in case they only have you trim up a couple of bushes. That was an excellent suggestion from the previous post.
  5. 1st Class

    1st Class LawnSite Member
    from MO
    Messages: 5

    Thank you for your help
  6. 1st Class

    1st Class LawnSite Member
    from MO
    Messages: 5

    thanks for your info, it will help
  7. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,154

    Charge by the hour, not by shrub...save a severe pain the butikus.
    Give an estimate slightly over what the job will be, then charge actual hours and come under the estimate, and you will be a hero!

    Never contract a shrub job.

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