Four Large Pin Oaks

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  1. cavemn1314

    cavemn1314 LawnSite Member
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    I have a property with four pin Oaks inthe 150- 200 ft range, they have alot of leaves on them. I was wondering how much some of you would charge to clean these up. there are two in the front yard and two in the back, it on a corner and there is easy access to the back yard, and will be using rakes, tarps, and blowers, and most likely one person. The guy that did it before me did it for 75.00 and i told him that it would be at least 90-140 and i thought that was low. If some of you could give me some idea about how much you would charge that would be great.
     
  2. wrtenterprises

    wrtenterprises LawnSite Senior Member
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    I certainly can't say if the Pin Oaks in Ky. are similar, but here in Central Pa. they often keep 1/3 to 1/2 of there leaves until Spring. If that is your case, add 25% to your highest figure, and the secret is yours.....
     
  3. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
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    A Pin Oak that tall? Equal to a 15 or 20 story building?

    I find that extremely hard to believe. The Christmas tree they put up in Rockefeller Center each year in NYC is only like 70 or 80 feet tall. I can't really imagine a pin oak twice that height...sorry:rolleyes:
     
  4. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
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    I can't tell you what to charge, but my wife and I have three of the largest pin oaks in the neighborhood. I agree Rodfather...mine are about 4 stories tall, NOT 10!!

    Darn things hold there leaves until 2nd/3rd week in december. Problem is the township picks them up curbside last week in Novemenber/first week in december. I always wind up bringing my leaf loader home to do the leaves LOL!!

    I can also say be careful about your cleanup price...err on the side of caution. There have been numerous times were snow has covered the leaves on the ground or a heavy rain followed by a good frost. Makes the leaves difficult to move.
     
  5. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    Oh you mean those little skinny leaves like to be real b!7ch3s?
    You can NOT consider a rake for this, however a backpack blower DOES do ok with them but it takes TIME - You will need a 10-tine pitchfork to tarp them (a rake MIGHT work but they are heavier than normal leaves).

    The good news: You can get a LARGE amount loaded if you're hauling, these are the best leaves for hauling as you can fit amazing amounts of them in your trailer... Alas, unloading is not much fun thou I've used a backpack blower to blow them off and this works ok sometimes.

    Far as quoting, I've learned this much:
    Leaves always CAN take HALF as long or TWICE as long as I am thinking... It all depends, this is why I prefer my regular customers who trust me with my prices when it comes to leaves... Anyone else gets a 'range' from mid-to-high (I leave the low out) and I usually don't get the job, heh...
     
  6. TURF DOCTOR

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
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    L F C U G should pick these up for free scoot em to the curb, how much tell me where and i will help.
     
  7. QualityLawnCare4u

    QualityLawnCare4u LawnSite Gold Member
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    I have one yard that has at least a dozen of these ^%$^ cussed things. They are the worst leaves to try and clean up. In fact, it is the only yard that I hate to do with a passion and the next one to be replaced. Estimate on the HIGH side, these things are not easy to get up, and forget the rake.
     
  8. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
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    Uggg a rake, tarps... No thanks... Consider getting them out of the beds and such and getting them onto the lawn spread out somewhat evenly and then running a mulching mower over them. Don't try to mulch them over and over, you will never get them to disseapear, the idea is to chop them into small pieces and make it so you can pick them up easier, preferbly with the mower with a catcher.
     
  9. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Here is the specs on the world record pin oak:Location: Davies, KY
    Circumference: 238 inches
    Height: 129 feet
    Spread: 121 feet
    Points: 397
    Most Recent Measurement: 2003

    Pin Oak Quercus palustris
    Location: Middlesboro Country Club, KY
    Circumference: 240 inches
    Height: 134 feet
    Spread: 88 feet
    Points: 396
    Most Recent Measurement: 2001

    I guess it was a tie since the registy list both trees.
     
  10. TURFLORD

    TURFLORD LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yep. Never seen a Pin Oak that tall. Down in KY maybe it's a Willow Oak. Old growth Oaks will get that tall but there aren't very many around anymore.
     

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