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On Time Landscaping staff is on a mission to reduce customers exposure to increasing costs.

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The shoe box dilemma

The reoccurring cost of hedge trimming often begins by planting a plant in a space the size of a shoebox that will outgrow the area.   Many times their growth is controlled by hedge trimming them back to keep them small multiple times per year.  Everyone has a different amount of acceptable growth between hedge trimmings.  The reoccurring expense, noise, pollution and discussions about the amount of growth does not need to continue.  Why not remove the shrub and plant a bush that grows slower or stays smaller?

1. A property or portfolio has 1,000 bushes that get hedge trimmed six times per year.

 

2. Wages are on the rise so we are going to use two wages to illustrate our point. This example only factors in wages and not the cost of gas and oil to run a hedge trimmer and blower or other expenses including workman’s comp, disposal fees, etc 

 

  • Nevadas minimum wage is going from $8.25 per hour up to $12 per hour which is a large percentage increase.
  • Amazon and Target minimum wages are either at or going to $15 per hour.  In 2020 Bank of Americas minimum wage is going to be $20 per hour.  These companies compete with landscapers for labor.
     

3. At $10 an hour for labor the annual cost is roughly $4,000


4. At $15 an hour for labor the annual cost is roughly $7,200


Now add in the cost of gas, oil, insurance, disposal fees, etc. and multiply it by the number of years a property owner owns a property.  I am guessing that this money could be spent on different items considered to be "more important" or saved / not spent.


There is no need for these expenses and On Time Landscapings staff has solutions.

Lets consider two scenarios.

Hedge trimming can be kept at a property. We work with our customers to find out what their acceptable level of growth is to initiate a hedge trimming cycle and factor that cost into our agreements.  We can make adjustments if we agree upon a different look.  

  

1. At an industrial property the manager said "my current contract says something like neat and trim appearance regarding the bushes. Why don’t I tell the current landscaper that I want the bushes hedge trimmed every week as that is my definition of "neat and trim".


2. At a retail center the property manager said "in order to keep our monthly landscape maintenance price low our current landscaping vendor hedge trims two times per year."

 
While the second property managers opinion might not be what you consider to be acceptable they and their landscaper know exactly how many hedge trimmings per year included in the maintenance contract. If the customer changes their mind the number of hedge trimmings can change and the price is adjusted accordingly. We prefer that everyone is on the same page and make adjustments as needed. 

 

Also consider that larger bushes typically take longer to hedge trim and produce more waste than smaller bushes. Many commonly used bushes can be made smaller every couple of years (rejuvenate) to reduce the reoccurring cost to hedge trim them. The problem with this is that the bushes are still there and there is still a reoccurring cost to hedge trim them. Currently, Republic Services owns the only landfill in Clark county and they do not recycle green waste.




Removal and replacement. While there is typically a cost to remove bushes and install new bushes more appropriate for the area they are given to grow there will be a reduction in reoccurring costs to maintain them and a reduction in noise, waste and disruption to tenants and customers. Since less hours will be spent at the property when costs like wages increase there is not as much exposure to them.

Technology

"When prices rise... consumers often trade down in the types of menu items they order, choosing a sandwich instead of an entree, or…leave off beverages or dessert… (Bonnie Riggs, restaurant analyst for NPD Group).” 

 

The quick service restaurant industry is seeing implementation of technology to reduce reoccurring costs and improve order accuracy. Some restaurants have or are installing kiosks for customers to order at and some are installing robots in their kitchens to reduce their exposure to labor cost increases. There are some robots on the market that can trim bushes but there are issues with them outside of a controlled environment like a nursery like theft or being run over by a vehicle. 

  

On Time Landscaping is watching for technology to help us improve efficiency and reduce costs. If customers have ideas to help us and them save money, we would appreciate hearing from them.

A few years ago,

a customer called us frantic because one of their hedge trimmed bushes caught on fire at the entrance to their drive through, maybe from a cigarette.  Typically hedge trimmed bushes have a reasonable amount of dead wood just below the outer layer of leaves. This customer had to shut down their building and the shopping center while the fire department dealt with it. Thankfully no one got hurt and no property was damaged besides the bush. We want to minimize the chance of this happening for other customers and why many times removing the improperly placed plant and installing one of appropriate size for the area saves customers money and does not mean looking at an untrimmed bush.

Hedge trimming can minimize the number of flowers on a bush.

Bushes tend to get hedge trimmed more often during their growing season than other times of the year to have bushes have the “neat and trimmed” look that many customers expect. 


  • During the hottest months of the year many landscapers want to start as early as possible to “beat the heat” of mid and late day. There are laws as well as being a good neighbor that affect what time noise can and cannot be made.  Sometimes this means hedge trimming occurs over a number of visits rather than one. 


  • If bushes flower hedge trimming can remove flower buds which minimizes flowering. If customers want more flowers and are willing to accept a bit more growth between hedge trimmings, we will usually see more flowers on bushes.  

We guess that many property owners and managers could find other uses for the money that is currently allocated to hedge trimming.  We look forward to hearing from you.


Telephone: 702-348-8399

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