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Fertilizing trees?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Slcareco, Nov 12, 2007.

  1. Slcareco

    Slcareco LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 682

    What do you guys do? I was reading Espoma and there 'Tree Tone' recommends 2 feedings one in early spring before growth and 1 in late fall after leaves are down. Do clients want EVERY tree in there yard fed or just the ornamental ones?

    How much do you charge? And how do you go about charging? Thanks!
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,081

    Biggest scam ever. I don't believe trees need more npk.
  3. garydale

    garydale LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 813

    We use a set of guidelines as follows:

    Smaller shrubs $.50 per foot of height.
    Large shrubs $1.00 per foot in height.
    Trees $5.00 per 1 inch caliper(diameter)

    You must make allowance for access and adjust for oddball situations.

    Once you total up the inch/feet Apply a stop charge to cover your overhead.

    I agree that older, larger trees do not need regular feeding.

    Contact the ISA (@www.isa-arbor.com)and get a cpoy of guidelines.
  4. Slcareco

    Slcareco LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 682

    you actually go out and measure the heights of shrubs?

    How do you put that into a contract/proposal?

    Do you take a survey of all the plants in the landscape and come up with a total?
  5. garydale

    garydale LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 813

    Yes, you survey and total up the number of total inches on trees and total of feet for the shrubs.

    Multiply those totals by the amount of actual N you want to apply. Add your overhead and markup for a grand total.

    Quote as a lump sum for the service.

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