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    I purchased myself a pole pruner attachement for my Kombi system from Stihl with the extension but I don't know how to price my job to cut branches off trees. Customer asked me to give him a price, I'd figure a good 60$. Some branches are way too high but he said just worry about what you can do

    I also have to haul those branches away but I will have to leave my equipment there

    Please help

    Thanks

  • #2
    This is just my 2 cents here but $60 and hour is good but make sure you add the dumping charges times 2 to cover those cost as well, Not sure where your location is but here in KY we don't prune deciduous trees (other than Maples) this time of the year nor do we prune evergreens. Most of the pruning of this nature is done in the Late Fall into winter and very very early spring. After March 1st and before the leaves have fallen is a no no.

    Maples should only be Pruned/Trimmed middle of summer never in the spring or Fall it will kill them or at the very least cause a lot of unwanted trouble.

    Good Luck
    Tim

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    • #3
      Tim,

      I am sure most people don't know these things.

      Now when you have a homeowner calling you and asking you to prune when you shouldn't be, do you tell them now is a bad time and then tell them why? Then do you try to schedule in a visit in the future to take care of this?

      Or if the customer doesn't get the service they want, now, will they simply go on to someone else that will do anything regardless of what it does to the tree?

      Also, do you have any advice on how dump fees are assessed?
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      • #4
        Hi Justin. Do you know what type of tree it is? Can you take a picture of it? In the beginning you will just have to try to do your best of bidding, until you get the hang of job times.

        Tim is right about the right time to prune, but there will ALWAYS be people who want it done anyways. I have a letter that I have them sign saying they understand that anytime a tree is pruned, it takes the risk of getting sick and possibly even dieing, and that I cannot be held responsible for anything that may happen to the tree after I leave the job. Most people understand this and will sign it. I also tell them verbally to make sure they understand. It is a good idea to have your customers sign it no matter what time of year it is.

        As far as having to leave your equipment there, is there anyway you can just pile the debris up on top of your stuff? I do it all the time, and will just lay a tarp or something over my stuff to keep it from getting scratched.

        It may be a good investment to purchase a good extension ladder. I bought a 24 footer from Lowes and it has paid for itself many times over. Sometimes it is easier than strapping on all your climbing gear for a few branches.
        Good luck!
        Northern California

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        • #5
          Well i was in that area today so I managed to get some limbs off a few trees but there's a bit of work left to be done. I've manage to get those branches in a pile where the customer showed me i could put them

          I've applied some Tree pruning paint at all the cuts I made so the tree doesn't die or get sick so I think they will be alright.

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          • #6
            Here is a sample tree trimming contract. Brandon what else would you add to it? Or if anyone else would like to jump in, please do.


            Joe's Tree Service, Inc.
            10 Main St, Flint, MI

            Tree care of ornamental and shade trees shall be performed by Joe's Tree Service certified arborists. Joe's Tree Service is fully insured and all workers are covered by worker’s compensation, property damage, public liability and complete operation insurance.

            Option A
            1. remove white pine to left of driveway. Clear out all wood and brush. Cut trunk as low to ground as possible **** $1885.00.
            2. Grind stump 6-8 inches below grade **** $290.00.

            Option B
            Remove one lower limb reaching over neighbor’s house. Prune limbs to trunk. Buck up larger wood into 18-inch lengths **** $395.00.

            Acceptance of proposal. The above prices, specifications and conditions are satisfactory and hereby accepted. Joe's Tree Service is authorized to do the work as specified. Payment within 30 days upon completion.

            Authorized Signature


            ___________________Date________________



            Terms and Conditions of Tree Service Contract

            Performance by Joe's Tree Service, Inc.
            Work crews shall arrive at the job site unannounced unless otherwise noted herein. Joe's Tree Service, Inc. shall attempt to meet all performance dates, but shall not be liable for damages due to delays from inclement weather or other causes beyond our control.

            Workmanship
            All work will be performed in a professional manner by experienced personnel outfitted with the appropriate tools and equipment to complete the job properly. Unless otherwise indicated herein, Joe's Tree Service, Inc. will remove wood, brush and debris incidental to the work.

            Insurance
            Joe's Tree Service, Inc. is insured for liability resulting from injury to persons or property, and all its employees are covered by Workers Compensation Insurance.

            Ownership
            The customer warrants that all trees, plant material and property upon which work is to be performed are either owned by him/her or that permission for the work has been obtained from the owner. Joe's Tree Service, Inc. is to be held harmless from all claims for damages resulting from the customer’s failure to obtain such permission.

            Terms of Payment
            All accounts are net payable upon receipt of invoice. A service charge of 1.5% will be added to accounts not fully paid 30 days subsequent to the invoice date.

            If outside assistance is used to collect the account, the customer is responsible for all costs associated with the collection, including, but not limited to, attorney fees and court costs.
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            • #7
              wow! I didn't know there is a proper time to cut and prune tree's.... Does that tree paint really work? Is it colored?

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              • #8
                Hi Mario. The tree paint used to be a regular practice, but nowadays most experts in the Arboriculture and Horticulture fields agree that it doesnt help. In fact there are many studies showing that it may actually slow the healing process of the tree. You can google "tree paint" and read both sides of the issue.

                My horticulture teacher at the local university (who retired this year after 35 years of teaching) told us not to use it. In fact I also read on UC Davis website somewhere that they also do not recommend using any kind of paint to treat cuts on a tree.

                Of course there will always be the people who swear by it, but I have never used it.
                Northern California

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                • #9
                  Theres a proper time to prune just about every thing.Not just a time but a way to do so.And all plants are not the same either.All you have to do is look at an azaela in spring to see who prune proper.This ones full of blooms and that one only blooms from a few interior limbs.

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                  • #10
                    So if i understand correctly, it's better off to trim everything in the spring ? Am I correct ?

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                    • #11
                      Pruning is very plant specific. There is a time and a way to prune each plant. Typically, the colder it is, the better. Colder air reduces the chance for diseases. But just try to do a search on the internet before you do any pruning jobs, and you will learn very quickly.
                      Also every fruit tree is different in how they should be cut also.
                      Remember to always cut the branches at an angle that will keep water from gathering or holding on the freshly cut wood..
                      Northern California

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                      • #12
                        Pruning is very plant specific. There is a time and a way to prune each plant. Typically, the colder it is, the better. Colder air reduces the chance for diseases. But just try to do a search on the internet before you do any pruning jobs, and you will learn very quickly.
                        Also every fruit tree is different in how they should be cut also.
                        Remember to always cut the branches at an angle that will keep water from gathering or holding on the freshly cut wood..
                        Good tips.. thanks

                        I have an apple tree just outside my house I want to trim in the spring. There is so many apples in that tree right now that some branches break off that's how heavy/loaded it is

                        I will post a picture of it soon

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                        • #13
                          The thing to remember about apple trees is that they produce the best apples from the OLD growth. You want to promote the old growth as much as possible. Very important to eliminate the vigorous upright shoots throughout the tree. It should look like an ancient, shade canopy, drooping from the top center of the tree, heading outwards sloping toward the ground when it is done being cut. Kinda like an umbrella. Also, cut it in the Winter.

                          Martha Stewart has an incredible apple orchard and talks about and shows how her master gardeners care for their trees. Watch this video, you may have to watch a short commercial first, but hang in there, it is well worth it.
                          http://www.marthastewart.com/portal/...003d370a0aRCRD
                          Last edited by Little's; 09-16-2008, 11:25 PM.
                          Northern California

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                          • #14
                            So if i understand correctly, it's better off to trim everything in the spring ? Am I correct ?
                            If you trim a azaela in spring you'll cut off your blooms.You can trim alot in the cold but in the south you need to make sure its hardy enough for that.Like lets say have some Ginger growing in north florida and you get a freeze then you'll leave it untill the last frost before you trim it.If you trim it to early you'll promote new growth and the next freeze my kill the plant.A Hibiscus would be the same as would alot of plants.Your best bet is to learn about your local plants.

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