What should I price for digging up crape myrtles

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Tennessee Turf Surfer, Jun 3, 2010.

  1. Tennessee Turf Surfer

    Tennessee Turf Surfer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    Hey just curious what everyone would charge for Diggin up 20 Crape myrtles? Easy to get to but by hand no bobcat this time.
  2. LandscapePenguin

    LandscapePenguin LawnSite Member
    Messages: 38

    How big are they, and how long do you think it will take you? I think size makes a BIG difference in this scenario. I've dug up bushes before literally in about 30-45 seconds each, but I imagine that a good-sized Crape Myrtle would take A LOT longer than that.
  3. Coastal Lawn Maintenance

    Coastal Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Messages: 485

    like said before need to know how big they are where they are being disposed off not enough information to determined the answer
  4. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Ain't no telling, all depends on the size of that root ball,
    personally speaking I do NOT "dig" bushes up by hand.

    Unless it's a small one...
    And usually boxwoods, azaleas, hollies and crepe myrtles don't qualify lol

    Way I do it is cut it off with the chainsaw, then bring in the stump grinder.
    I am usually amazed how fast folks back off the idea once they hear that!
    It does a good job, but I think they believe it means it's going to be expensive.
    Guess they wanted to hear how I'd tie a chain to it and pull it out with my truck? :nono:
    Fact is I find grinding is the cheapest way, too bad they were thinking I was going to sweat up a storm for minimum wage.
    Sorry, had to let that out lol

    But stump grinding out the root ball works out pretty decent.
  5. Hawg City Lawns

    Hawg City Lawns LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,070

    crape myrtles grow like trees here like when someone wants them trimmed up you bring your chainsaw you might want to look into renting a bobcat

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