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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?
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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.
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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?
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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.
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Why? What do you feel is the problem with working with them?
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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.
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I guess the rootballs just get proportionally bigger compared to the size of the plant.
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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.
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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.
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Looking back now, would you have bid any part of the job differently? Do you feel there were any learning lessons from the job?
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