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ALLPro Landscaping
11-24-2009, 12:30 PM
I have a very good customer of mine who I has been using my lawn services for the past 5 years, they just asked us to do their holiday lighting, I have done homes in the past, but never got to technical with the trees, whats the best way to hang lights one the attached cherry trees, most of the branches are intertwined in the middle due to lack of pruning, I was thinking of just wraping the branches with the string lights, also if you can give me some ideas on pricing that would be great too. I attached a few photos. Thanks

ALLPro Landscaping
11-24-2009, 05:12 PM
can anybody help me with this??????

wurkn with amish
11-24-2009, 08:26 PM
go with lighted ornaments

ALLPro Landscaping
11-24-2009, 08:44 PM
do yo have an example, I am pretty new at this scope of work, the homeower has lighted stars but they are string lights with plastic stars on them, but they are only maybe 5 ft long, so i didnt think that would work

TheCleaningDoc
11-24-2009, 08:52 PM
Wrap it trunk and limbs.

ALLPro Landscaping
11-24-2009, 08:56 PM
thats what I wanted to do, but how do you get all the smaller branches, does any one have a photo of something like this they have done, I need something to get me in the right direction

ALLPro Landscaping
11-24-2009, 10:04 PM
anybody????????????????????

TheCleaningDoc
11-24-2009, 10:14 PM
Don't do every single twig just do the main branches.

Here is a photo http://outdoors.webshots.com/photo/1231353944010115307rpHYEg

ALLPro Landscaping
11-24-2009, 10:16 PM
Ok I am assuming I should start from the ends in so nothing hanging, also since this is very time consuming should I charge by the hour instead of per foot, also any idea how many feet I may be using for both trees thanks alot

David Gretzmier
11-25-2009, 01:17 AM
I would tightwrap them with all branches at first, then pick a few and take those up higher and further. It is a bit of a skill to learn on your first few trees. make sure you space your wraps at least 1.5 inches apart, as tightwrapping will eat your light count in a hurry. I would not even think of doing those trees for less than 2500 mini-lights and around 500 bucks plus each 1st year cost. tighwrapping is time consuming and when a bulb gets loose or broken it always requires a service call.

ALLPro Landscaping
11-25-2009, 03:00 AM
thanks so much david, how far up would yo go, i would think just do the branches that are atleast 21/2 thick

wurkn with amish
11-25-2009, 09:28 AM
here's some examples of both. Like David said wrapping is very time consuming, so charge accordingly. 168987

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turf hokie
11-25-2009, 08:48 PM
thanks so much david, how far up would yo go, i would think just do the branches that are atleast 21/2 thick

This is one of the harder things to teach. It is more of a hands on experience deal. We have some that we only do main branches and others that the wire is actually thicker than the branch we are wrapping as you get the tips.

It depends on the look you are going for.

We get several calls a year from potential customers looking for their trees to "look like they do in the city"

Branch wrapping is what sets us apart, matter of fact I would rather do a branch wrap than a canopy wrap as we are better and more efficient at a branch wrap and again we are becoming known for it.

Good luck and estimate for 1/3 more lights than you think you will need. I guarantee you will use them.

Bryan

Marcos
11-25-2009, 09:17 PM
Don't do every single twig just do the main branches.

Here is a photo http://outdoors.webshots.com/photo/1231353944010115307rpHYEg

I vote for this method, too. :waving:

BTW, some of those cherrys look awfully top-heavy.
A bit of selective pruning could be in order, now that all those obstructive leaves are out of the way. :)

addictedtolandscaping
11-26-2009, 09:17 AM
wurkn with amish's

Beautiful!!!!!

wurkn with amish
11-26-2009, 10:58 AM
Thanks!
We try to do our best. Another thing when wrapping trees you don't really need to do small wraps. We go up the branch then back down so you fill in between the gaps on your way down. Once all the branches are done( we typically wrap anything bigger than your finger) your not gonna notice spacing that much just how beautiful the overall is compared to tornado wraps or just the trunk and large branches wrapped.