i went today to bid on a landscaping job, i woould have to prun 3 dogwoods, and 20 other shrubs (all different), more or less small over grown shrubs, clean out all the beds, and lay down 12 yards of double shreded black mulch. about 2 hours to clean the beds, 2 hours to trim everything up and re-edge the the beds, the lay the mulch. i was looking at $70 for the clean-up $70 for trimming and edging $40 for every yard to install the mulch $30 to dump the leafs and clipings total is $950 i told the lady this and she says to me that last year she didn't have this done(it was very obvious) but the year before she had a guy do all the same work for $250, and that my price was high. when she told me that i told her that i couldn't even get the mulch or that much money that mulch alone would be $370. how the heck do you charge someone $250 for all that work? granted i'm only 18 but i would do that job i would lose around $200 for mulch and to pay my helper. who ever this guy is obviously most of switched occupation, or i hope he did because he lost more money on that job than i did all of last year than paying for my helper's lunch every other day. people like him is a true scub that give all of us a bad name and drive down the prices to nothing. sorry for the long post, but i hope you guys get a laugh at of what someone would do for work. oh wait i what someone would pay someone (bascally) to do a job.