Trimming hedges quickly and easily can be tough along with coming up with the right price for your lawn care bid. Let’s look at this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum and another post here on how to price and trim hedges.
Sherman: “I hate doing hedges, but I seem to get a lot of customers wanting me to do them. I am good at the hedges themselves, no problems there, what makes me hate them so much is this. When a client has mulched under all there hedges, how the hell do you get all the darn leaves out of the mulch after trimming the hedges??? There has to be a better way then getting on your knees for an hour or more picking the dam things out by hand. I tried using the blower on low, high just makes a big mess . Any insight would be very much appreciated.”
Brandon: “Heres what I do. I have 2 large tarps, I lay them down and scoot them up under the hedges. The tarps are 16 ft. long. Then when I’m done cutting, I just fold up the corners and drag all the clippings away. It is a 1 minute clean-up. Much easier than raking everything out of the way first.”
Blaine: “How often do you trim the hedges? I generally trim hedges once or twice a year, and mulch at the same time.”
Chad: “I would say it depends. Is this included in your monthly agreement? Or Do you charge extra?
For me… Mine are all on monthly contracts and hedges are included. So to keep the mess to a minimum, I may trim them twice a month.
The tarp thing… Well It is a good idea I see home owners do it that way, but no lawn care business owners doing it that way. Most just take the blower and either blow the clipping to the lawn then mulch it all up, that’s what I do. Or just blow them around under the hedges which will help mix them up in the mulch. Maybe go buy a cheap gas powered leaf blower with the ability to convert to a leaf sucker upper. I have a small gas blower that does that and have used it to suck up clippings. But in mulch it will suck up some of the mulch as well..
Florida is different than any other state. If we only trimmed hedges twice a year, We’d have to trim feet off instead of a few inches. Trimming hedges is a monthly thing down here.. ALL YEAR…”
Dave: “Also, if you don’t have one, get a pole hedge trimmer, as long as the hedge is under 10′ or so, you don’t need a ladder at all. With the tilting head, you can trim the top of the hedge much easier too.”
Greg: “Whenever somebody asks me to trim their shrubs I know never know if I’m overpricing or giving them a sweet deal I would never give.”
Chad: “What is your hourly labor rate? Look at them and see how long it will take you. If you charge $50 per hour on labor and you think it will take you 30 minutes to trim the shrubs. Then quote them at $25.
If your new to bidding, take your time. You will under/over bid until you get the hang of it.Also don’t rush your bid and make bigger mistakes by guessing way to high or way too low.”
Tim: “I would say $65 hr for hedge trim.”