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Old 09-20-2013, 11:38 PM
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Why not just start by cutting off the branches and then cut it a ft above the ground?
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Old 09-21-2013, 12:37 AM
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We do tree work, but.....

Our insurance only allows so much of it. Smaller trees that are in no way going to cause any damage when they fall.

I turn down tree jobs all the time, just got to know when to say when.


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Old 09-21-2013, 08:02 PM
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Why not just start by cutting off the branches and then cut it a ft above the ground?
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If the tree was taller I might have. but it was so small i just cut it from the bottom. and cut 4ft off the top and threw it in the dump trailer.
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Old 09-21-2013, 11:39 PM
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We do tree work, but... Our insurance only allows so much of it.
I believe most landscaper policies will cover you for removing trees up to 12 feet in height. Of course you have to use your own discretion if there is any property that can be damaged, power lines, etc.
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Old 09-24-2013, 09:33 AM
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I believe most landscaper policies will cover you for removing trees up to 12 feet in height. Of course you have to use your own discretion if there is any property that can be damaged, power lines, etc.
Our policy doesn't have a hight restriction unfortunately or fortunately.

But I still make judgment calls on the trees we do. They have to be clear of all obstacles to where we can take them down safely.

I always do the cutting also for work comp reasons. I'll never have an employee do it.
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Old 10-04-2013, 03:07 PM
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I see it all the time, a Landscaping business under bids me on a job. Open the newspaper to see that landscaper sueing the homeowner because he had not had the right kind of insurance when they miscalculated which way the tree would fall. Straight through the house. Get insurance for tree work or stick to mowing grass.http://douglastreeservices.com

I provide detailed insurance coverage to all potential customers and advise them to do the same.

Specialization is the key, tree removal is a very dangerous undertaken and should not be left too an inexperienced person. I wouldn't let my plumber do my tree, so I certainly wouldn't let my landscaper do it unless he showed me he was certified.
As I see it, There is no profession on earth people flock to in times of financial strife more than lawn and landscape maintenance. Anybody needing a little extra money that has a push mower and a trunk big enough to put it in is suddenly direct competition for us. With that said, I do not even try to compete with those guys, or get mad at them for trying to feed their families. I'm happy to see them out trying to get work, rather than forcing me to work and feed them on our welfare system. I know I cannot compete with their prices, and I also know that they cannot compete with our service and expertise. If you are giving a proper consultation with your perspective clients, you are informing them of the difference between a landscaper with a slow week trying to keep the wheels turning, and a tree removal specialist. If the home or business owner wants to gamble on an unqualified contractor to save a few bucks, whether in the grounds management area or otherwise, its their business. If you do what you say you will do, when you say you will do it, for the price quoted, you won't have any trouble staying busy.
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Old 01-08-2015, 10:14 AM
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Landscaper vs Arborist—Whats The Difference


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Distinguishing between landscapers and arborists may seem unnecessary, at first. To the average homeowner, there is little difference between the two – both perform a variation of yard work, so it doesn’t really matter which one you hire, right?

Wrong.

Landscaping and arboriculture are very unique professions, and it’s important for homeowners to be cognizant of this fact. Failing to understand the differences could lead to safety hazards, as landscapers are often ill-equipped handle the more dangerous aspects of tree work.

“Traditional landscaping tasks include landscape and hardscape installation, lawn care, lawn irrigation installation and maintenance, mulching, garden bed preparation and maintenance and sometimes shrub pruning,” Douglas Tree Service explains. “Arboriculture, on the other hand, involves caring for mature trees, tree removal, pruning, cabling, stump grinding, and more.”
Why is the distinction important? “A landscaper will not necessarily be equipped with the training and the tools needed to perform arboricultural operations safely, or even correctly,”. This can result in the landscape contractor overextending himself, which can result in damage to their person and/or your property. As a homeowner, you may even find yourself responsible for the damage, especially if your contractor doesn’t carry liability insurance!

Professional arborists, on the other hand, are accustomed to handling dangerous equipment such as chippers and chainsaws. Reputable tree care companies also adhere to pruning standards, carry liability insurance and understand the importance of standardized safety practices on the jobsite.
So, how can homeowners determine whether they need to hire a landscaping company versus a tree care company? “Consider the scope of the work that needs to be done, and match it to the scope of services offered by the company you’re hiring,”.

In other words, if your lawn needs an aesthetic overhaul by someone knowledgeable in horticulture, call a landscaping company. If your trees are looking desperate or dangerous, contact us.
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Old 01-08-2015, 10:26 AM
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You guys are lucky people are even calling you. Around here people look at me dumbfounded when I tell them " you need to call a tree guy" Meanwhile their siding is rotting off their home as it hasn't seen sun since before Clinton was with the chubby chic.
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Old 01-08-2015, 10:40 AM
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Luckily most people here know the difference. I'll do some light tree trimming, but nothing huge. Mostly mature Japanese maples and other aesthetic trees.
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Old 01-08-2015, 10:50 AM
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Landscapers are not Insured for Tree Removal



Our employees are highly skilled, and specialize in removing trees on a daily basis, I would'nt ask my employees to put a roof on a house because we dont specialize in roofing. Even know I have confidence they could achieve it.

Specialization is Key!
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