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Discuss issues dealing with landscapes, hardscapes, exterior landscape lighting and lighting fixtures, lawn irrigation, sprinklers, sprinkler heads, mulch, retaining walls, etc.
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Old 08-14-2008, 10:17 PM
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I just edited this forum to include tree care as well.

I know Brandon has a vast knowledge on tree care and I am hoping we can all learn from him.

Brandon,

What are your suggestions as to what a lawn care business owner needs when they are interested in getting started in offering tree care?

What kind of equipment is necessary?
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When I first started working with trees, I found it necessary to have the basic tree trimming tools. Such as a small chainsaw (top handle preferred 12" to 14" max), pole saw/pruner (manual type), and later on the gas powered type when you can afford it. It is also necessary to have a good extension ladder until you learn how to safely and effectively climb trees.

I have found that I rarely use my larger chainsaw (24" bar) unless I am removing large trees. So only buy one when you decide that you are going to offer these types of services. the other thing I have found is to save yourself a lot of blood, sweat, and tears by buying a brand new chainsaw. I have purchaesd many used chainsaws at yard sales, flea markets and such, but found that every one ended up being either too much trouble to fix, or wore out. I do keep one cheap $20 saw for that job where I need to ruin a saw by driving it into the dirt or something.

Later on you can start buying your climbing equip. if you decide to start offering more advanced services.
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Brandon,

You mentioned a ladder. Can or should you do tree work from a ladder? How should one utilize a ladder when doing tree work?

What is ok and what isnt?
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Ladders are ok, but only in certain tree services. Trees that arent too tall are often pruned using ladders, especially fruit trees, since you dont want to be climbing around on them for the potential to break them is high. Then there is the dead limbs here and there that need to be removed. They dont always require climbing.

One point I should make (which I forgot to mention in the previous post) is the importance of safety lanyards. When climbing a tree it is very important to be attached at all times, but just as important when you are cutting from a ladder. I will tie in to the tree with a lanyard if possible, or tie the ladder to the tree.

Remember only do what feels safe to you, and if you are uncomfortable in any situation, then you need to take a step back and rethink your game plan.
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Good Morning Brandon,
I was just wondering if you rent equipment such as cherry-pickers and stump grinders or did you purchased them?
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I dont rent cherry pickers because I usually just climb the trees. As far as stump grinders, I have a guy who does all my sub work for the stumps. His prices are great, and he has a nice grinder, so it really wouldnt pay for me to buy one.
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Brandon,

When you first got into this, did someone teach you the ins and outs of all this or did you read it or how did you learn?
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Sorry for the delayed response. This was opening day of deer season, and spent the weekeend out of town.
I did a lot of reading and talking to people. I picked up a book title, The Tree Climbers Companion. It is full of the most important climbing info you need. As far as the actual tree work, I learned a lot by trial and error, and never turned down a job, so it almost forced me to learn things real quick.
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I dont rent cherry pickers because I usually just climb the trees. As far as stump grinders, I have a guy who does all my sub work for the stumps. His prices are great, and he has a nice grinder, so it really wouldnt pay for me to buy one.
My dad is an electrician so a cherry picker would be appropriate for both of us.

I could use it to trim trees and he could use it to install hydro poles and all that hardware. I think it would be a good investement haha
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Now thats thinking. You can find them used at the PG&E auctions. They sell their used stuff all the time. Maybe you could split the cost?
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