Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Property Management Forums > Tree Care, Irrigation, Landscaping, Hardscapes

Tree Care, Irrigation, Landscaping, Hardscapes
Discuss issues dealing with landscapes, hardscapes, exterior landscape lighting and lighting fixtures, lawn irrigation, sprinklers, sprinkler heads, mulch, retaining walls, etc.

Arborvitae Removal Price?


Tree Care, Irrigation, Landscaping, Hardscapes

Discuss issues dealing with landscapes, hardscapes, exterior landscape lighting and lighting fixtures, lawn irrigation, sprinklers, sprinkler heads, mulch, retaining walls, etc.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 04-02-2011, 07:25 PM
element009's Avatar
element009 element009 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Ocean County, NJ
Posts: 176
Rep Power: 5
element009 is on a distinguished road
Default Arborvitae Removal Price?

I got a call from a potential client who has 4 dead arborvitaes (between 5 and8 feet each in height). I'm not sure how to price something like this.

They want the trees removed (roots and all) and taken away. Any advice?
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 04-02-2011, 08:16 PM
CheapNEasy CheapNEasy is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Georgia
Age: 32
Posts: 119
Rep Power: 7
CheapNEasy is an unknown quantity at this point
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
It all depends on how well rooted they are? Were they recently planted.... maybe its still root bound and a simple pull out and go? Or did they grow them to that height from saplings?

How would you remove them? What equipment....

Do you have a burn pit to dispose of, or do you have to haul them off?

Are the close to the house, cable lines, water lines, septic, etc.....

Id double wrap a chain around the base of the trunk, lift out with my backhoe, toss in the truck and be done in less than 15 minutes and charge $15 to show up (gas cost), and maybe $20 to $25 a tree.... but thats me. considering they are small trees.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-03-2011, 12:25 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,807
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
Id double wrap a chain around the base of the trunk, lift out with my backhoe, toss in the truck and be done in less than 15 minutes
At what point do you have to start being concerned with the roots potentially being wrapped around something or into something that could be damaged when they are pulled out?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-03-2011, 01:32 PM
mark123's Avatar
mark123 mark123 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Pennsyltucky
Posts: 1,404
Rep Power: 8
mark123 is on a distinguished road
Default

Time and materials. My normal price for landscaping is $40/hour but for working with Arborvitae it's $60/hour. If I never see another arborvitae it'll be too soon.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-03-2011, 01:42 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,807
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Why? What do you feel is the problem with working with them?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-03-2011, 01:56 PM
mark123's Avatar
mark123 mark123 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Pennsyltucky
Posts: 1,404
Rep Power: 8
mark123 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
Why? What do you feel is the problem with working with them?
Putting them in? The rootballs are so heavy, it's just back breaking work. The bark is also fragile. Nicking it can brown out a whole side.

Taking them out? I guess it really depends on how high they are. They get HUGE. If they aren't bigger than 12 feet high and the customer would let me cut them off at the ground and leave the rootball in, I'd consider it. Otherwise, someone else can break their back.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 04-04-2011, 11:01 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,807
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

I guess the rootballs just get proportionally bigger compared to the size of the plant.
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 04-16-2011, 06:12 PM
Upscale2 Upscale2 is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 127
Rep Power: 9
Upscale2
Default

The root balls are heavy, although the small arb's should pop out pretty easily. Are they easily accessible? Or far from road or driveway? I get $80 per hour for 2 guys plus dump fees and travel time. Also figure in any equipment if needed.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 04-17-2011, 04:01 PM
element009's Avatar
element009 element009 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Ocean County, NJ
Posts: 176
Rep Power: 5
element009 is on a distinguished road
Default

I ended up charging 25 per tree. They were all in flower beds by the driveway in the front yard. It took me about an hour to remove them all by hand (15 min. per). I pretty much just rocked them back and forth to see how much they would uproot that way. Then the rest I used a pick and a garden spade, threw them on my truck and took them away. The job ended up growing from just 4 trees being removed to also adding more soil to the beds, killing the weeds, and putting down fresh mulch. I made some money, so it worked out nicely.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 04-19-2011, 06:28 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,807
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Looking back now, would you have bid any part of the job differently? Do you feel there were any learning lessons from the job?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Snow removal lawnindustryconsultants.com General Talk 23 11-19-2013 11:12 PM
How much would you price this for Snow Removal. Greenside Lawncare, LLC Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 5 01-24-2011 03:29 AM
New Snow Removal Need HELP!!!!!! Michaelmacchiarella Starting a lawn care business. 10 01-30-2009 11:36 AM
How should I bid this job? Snow removal platinum lawncare Community Assistance 1 10-05-2008 02:54 PM
PRice per foot fot sod cutting / removal? musician/lawnman Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 21 06-03-2008 03:45 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
back surgery
Bradcook21
01-28-2016 08:51 PM
Today 08:04 PM
by Chilehead
12 253
hello all
romanlandscape
01-29-2016 03:46 PM
Today 10:20 AM
by Bradcook21
6 155
Finding open bids?!?
C&DPropertyManagement
Today 01:48 AM
Today 01:48 AM
by C&DPropertyManagement
0 29
Lawn Care Book Ranked #1
Steve
Yesterday 12:36 AM
Yesterday 12:36 AM
by Steve
0 45
Hi
Sellers Lawn Care
02-02-2016 01:48 PM
02-05-2016 08:03 AM
by Sellers Lawn Care
4 120
Collecting payments from...
Niagara Mowing
02-03-2016 05:21 PM
02-05-2016 08:00 AM
by Niagara Mowing
7 168
SMS assist? The good,...
jcurr33
01-27-2016 10:24 PM
02-04-2016 11:53 PM
by Steve
5 197
I need some help...
Anise
02-04-2016 01:39 PM
02-04-2016 11:51 PM
by Steve
3 91
Customers dodging the...
Rocky
11-06-2015 06:22 AM
02-04-2016 03:41 AM
by C&DPropertyManagement
7 1,450
Offering a "Trial"...
wybut076
02-01-2016 06:27 PM
02-03-2016 08:26 PM
by Just for Cuts
7 199
Iowa Caucus Predictions?
Steve
02-01-2016 06:31 PM
02-03-2016 12:40 AM
by Steve
1 77
Laying White River Rock
DiamondLawnCare
02-01-2016 08:27 PM
02-03-2016 12:17 AM
by Steve
1 94
Networking for a...
jcurr33
01-30-2016 09:26 PM
02-01-2016 06:27 PM
by Steve
4 159
Customer giving a 1099?
apmAkron
01-27-2016 07:22 PM
01-31-2016 08:55 PM
by Chilehead
6 220
happy to be here
redrobin
01-29-2016 10:45 AM
01-31-2016 08:44 PM
by Steve
1 114
Thought's on an "E-Z...
jcurr33
01-27-2016 10:48 PM
01-31-2016 08:38 PM
by Steve
4 189
Changes
Knaubone
01-30-2016 10:56 PM
01-31-2016 08:31 PM
by Steve
1 96
Thoughts on this Exmark...
googus
01-28-2016 04:24 PM
01-28-2016 08:09 PM
by Chilehead
1 123
1st year in
jcurr33
10-18-2015 05:07 PM
01-28-2016 07:49 PM
by Chilehead
6 4,107
Need opinion on zero...
Mr. Mow
01-24-2016 05:42 PM
01-28-2016 07:41 PM
by Chilehead
10 320
Opinion on liquid vs...
Bradcook21
01-25-2016 02:03 PM
01-28-2016 07:38 PM
by Chilehead
9 269
Finding property size
Gageslawncare
01-25-2016 11:08 AM
01-28-2016 12:05 PM
by Gageslawncare
10 275
Tiger TG 2661 Commercial...
lawnman1959
01-25-2016 08:12 PM
01-27-2016 07:57 PM
by Just for Cuts
5 213
Spouse as a dependent?
Steve
01-26-2016 01:51 AM
01-27-2016 10:44 AM
by Chilehead
3 176
Hello All
C&DPropertyManagement
01-23-2016 12:21 PM
01-26-2016 01:24 AM
by Steve
1 160
Credit Cards - What's in...
Shark1611
06-16-2015 04:04 PM
01-23-2016 03:43 PM
by C&DPropertyManagement
17 7,635
Start My Own Business?
mowandblow1980
01-12-2016 08:43 PM
01-19-2016 07:00 PM
by Steve
12 586
State of the nation 2016.
Steve
01-12-2016 12:05 AM
01-19-2016 06:57 PM
by Steve
6 349
little help? first big...
Brian3137
12-31-2015 12:39 PM
01-19-2016 06:54 PM
by Steve
23 1,027
Hi everybody...
Greg_TopYardServices
01-14-2016 08:10 AM
01-19-2016 02:47 PM
by SC93
12 418
What's your next...
Steve
05-15-2015 12:54 PM
01-17-2016 08:48 PM
by Homeland unlimited
25 7,881
Plow controller problems
scaypa
01-12-2016 05:49 PM
01-16-2016 10:46 AM
by scaypa
4 269
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 12:18 PM
01-15-2016 07:23 PM
by tannerduncan
1,244 427,926
Pricing issue
Mr. Mow
07-07-2015 07:15 AM
01-15-2016 11:20 AM
by djlandscaping06
23 5,368
New College Course
Dr. D
01-14-2016 01:45 PM
01-14-2016 05:35 PM
by Steve
1 191
Yelp
Shark1611
01-13-2016 10:00 AM
01-14-2016 05:32 PM
by Steve
4 250
New to the forum from...
Doug Green
01-12-2016 12:23 PM
01-14-2016 08:34 AM
by Doug Green
2 224
Facebook advertising
Just for Cuts
12-13-2015 08:49 AM
01-13-2016 10:20 PM
by Just for Cuts
12 886
Choosing local business
Doug Green
01-12-2016 12:29 PM
01-13-2016 06:12 PM
by Steve
2 386
4 Seasons Landscaping LLC
Doug Green
01-12-2016 12:56 PM
01-12-2016 12:59 PM
by Doug Green
1 245
2016 business goals
OxfordOS
01-09-2016 04:19 PM
01-12-2016 08:36 AM
by mowandblow1980
15 533
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:17 PM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:17 PM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy