What do you all charge for pruning hedges, small trees, and such?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by dcplace2004, Jun 27, 2005.

  1. dcplace2004

    dcplace2004 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 423

    I talked to a pruner in town and they are doing quite well...I know this cause I make most of my money on these types of jobs...how do you all determine how to charge for the bid?...I tried out their redmax hedge trimmers and they are wonderful!...springs for AV and Quiet, Quiet!...I want one or two...one of them was the 2400 I think...they had a light one also, but I don't remember the model #...thanks...
  2. jtrice11

    jtrice11 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 380

    I charge $10 per bush for residential, $12 per for commercial. I have Echo HS150's (i think?).
  3. Appalachian landscape

    Appalachian landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 453

    I want my bushes to look like a swan for $10! Be here tuesday or you're fired!
  4. Drew Gemma

    Drew Gemma LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,508

    well if we are pick pruning or hand pruning it gets to be quite expensive. about 80 an hour. But just to use hedge clippers its 60 an hour plus disposal. No to many ppl know how to pick prune and around here no one wants to do it I will cause I charge for it and I am very good at it. Over the years I have become really comfortable with it. I think it is very hard to teach and learn hand pruning.
  5. ken0564

    ken0564 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 141

    okay i'm stupid...but what it pick pruning?? ;) ;)

    and when you say hand pruning do you mean the old fashioned way with manual clippers?? :dizzy:
  6. lqmustang

    lqmustang LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 620

    I believe what he means is selective pruning by hand. By 'picking' what branches and such you are going to remove, you keep a more natural look to the bush, instead of turning it into a box or a globe. I do this at times on request, and it can be very time consuming.
  7. Drew Gemma

    Drew Gemma LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,508

    thanks Jason. Not every plant can be sheared with hedge clippers! Pruning requires some skill shaping (using hedge clippers) requires practice. Shaping could be either type depending on what you are working on.
  8. ken0564

    ken0564 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 141

    Thanks guys...didn't realize that's what it was called. Yes we have some we pick as well, I don't like it but do charge accordingly.

    My partner really enjoys it, he's sicko, says it's more self rewarding. He can do some damage (good) in short time. I understand his point but I still don't like to do it, try to leave it for him while I run the h trimmer. He's actually pretty dang good at it.
  9. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,697

    Drew, you and I would get along just fine. I hand prune almost every shrub/bush also. Hedge trimmers were made to trim HEDGES, not bushes and shrubs. :drinkup:
  10. BigChaz

    BigChaz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 69

    While i dont do many, I also use the hand pruner for most jobs. I cant understand using the monster hedge trimmer for some of the bushes i got that are barely up to my knees. Much easier to shape and faster (imo) to hand prune on the small ones

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