We provide excellence in our work, down to the very last detail.

It costs a lot of money to make bushes look like the ones in the photo above.

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 illistrate 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 workmans comp, disposal fees, etc 


  • Nevadas minimum wage is going up to $12 per hour from $8.25
  • Amazon and Target start people at $15 per hour and they compete with landscaping companies for labor.
  • Bank of America is going to be starting employees at $20 per hour in 2020 


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 numer of years a property owner owns a property.  There is no need for these expenses.

Lets consider two scenarios.

  • Hedge trimming can be kept at a property. I had a discussion with a potential customer whos contract with their current landscaper said something like "neat and trim appearance".   He said “why don’t I tell them they I want the bushes hedge trimmed every week as that was his definition of "neat and trim".  Everyone has a different amount of growth they will accept to start a new round of hedge trimming.  In order to offer a customer a flat monthly price and for everyone to know exactly what is expected contracts need to specify how many hedge trimmings are done per year.  The number can change and will affect the cost.  We prefer that everyone is on the same page from the start and make adjustments as needed. 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 reoccuring 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.

 
 

  • 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. 

"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. They had to shut down their building and the shopping center while the fire department dealt with it. Thankfully no one got hurt. 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.

  • If your past landscaping vendors have not brought this topic up to you were they / are they looking out for the best interest of the property?


  • We guess that many property owners and managers could find other uses for the money allocated to hedge trimming.


We look forward to hearing from you.


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