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Weeding beds weekly

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by BTerry08, Apr 4, 2004.

  1. BTerry08

    BTerry08 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    Hey everyone, Ive been a member on here a couple of weeks but this is my first post so hey. I have a question about biding a job a lady asked me about, she wants me to weed her flower beds weekly, how or should I bid this. Her neighborhood has a service do all the lawn as far as mowing so i can't get that. Is there a good way to price this, I'm new to the landscape maintenance side of things my norm is mowing. Please help me out and thanks for the advice
     
  2. ParkerLawn

    ParkerLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from KY
    Messages: 499

    Charge by the hour. After you have done it a few times, you can set a price but by the hour ensures you not to get burned. You need to decide what you charge per hour to make yourself money.
     
  3. Woody82986

    Woody82986 LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 2,128

    I agree with ParkerLawn. Tell her you will charge her a per hour rate the first two or three times, and then after that you will be able to give her a set price. Just make sure you give her a per hour price that will make you money.
     
  4. charlies

    charlies LawnSite Senior Member
    from earth
    Messages: 587

    wow, and i have a hard time talking my customers into monthly weeding!

    i can promise you this, we don't weed for no $15 an hour. also if you start out charging by the labor hour then you might as well stay on a by the hour basis. why not?
     
  5. turfmower

    turfmower LawnSite Member
    Messages: 32

    Put down snap shot then you dont have to weed
     
  6. grassredneck

    grassredneck LawnSite Member
    Messages: 150

    I agree with turfmower-You can save a lot of time with chemicals, but the annual color may not be tolerant when the temps get higher
     
  7. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
    Messages: 1,557

    Well since he is trying to get weekly weeding, sounds like he is not a licensed applicator, so chemicals would be out. Just charge by the hour, because if you keep weeds out, some weeks will not have as many weeds as before. Also sell the customer on mulch, that will take the weeds out naturally.
     
  8. culand

    culand LawnSite Member
    Messages: 29

    Charge by the Bed . But charge high. This way when the beds don't have a lot of grass , you make money.
    We use a Flower Bed Contract, this is over the mowing at is set Twice A Month for $75.95 , and clean beds and cut shrubs.

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  9. Lux Lawn

    Lux Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,267

    This is what I try to do also withvery little weeding by hand we just don't have the time to weed beds all day.
     
  10. Critical Care

    Critical Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,654

    By the way, I just purchased some Snapshot. It was $90 for fifty pounds. Kinda expensive. Casoron put down in the fall may be a better choice.

    I'm trying to get away from the hourly charge way of doing business because once you charge customers by the hour they will then know what "you're worth". Some will think, "Thirty bucks an hour just to pull weeds? Gawd almighty, I'll get my son to do it next time!"
     

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