Shrub trimming (or pruning) is a routine maintenance task for many types of shrubs, and may further be necessary for any type of shrub due to safety concerns or to enhance the appearance and accessibility of your property.
You will find the cost to trim average shrubs will vary with shrub size and type, proximity to buildings and/or power lines, accessibility of its location, shrub health, and labor rate.
In the following table the Labor Cost figure is what the able DIY person should expect to save by performing the complete task.
Trim twenty-five healthy shrubs (4’ tall) on a residential lot: each with ten years growth since last trim; no power-line or building issues.
|Item||Unit Cost||Quantity||Line Cost|
|Wood chipper: 40 HP; chip all cut material and spread decoratively onsite (requires vehicle for transport to and around site).||$244||per day||1||$244|
|Chainsaw: 18” gasoline powered, including gas and oil.||$68||per day||1||$68|
|Hand tools: shears, axe, etcetera.||$45||per day||1||$45|
|Equipment Cost||$119||per day||3||$357|
|+ Labor Cost (2 persons)||$38||per hour||16||$608|
|Total Cost||$39||per shrub||25||$965|
Prices range from $15 per shrub (25 shrubs trimmed; equipment and material - DIY) to $48per shrub (25 shrubs trimmed; complete - high season) and also vary depending on your zipcode:
Local costs have been calculated by accounting for labor and material cost differences across different cities. To get accurate cost estimates, indicate yours: