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"itchy-balls"??

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by ACutAbovesiny, May 5, 2007.

  1. ACutAbovesiny

    ACutAbovesiny LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 590

    What is the correct name For "itchy-balls?"
    What type of tree do they fall from?

    I hate going to customers houses and saying "its gonna be hard to blow all they itchy balls."


    Just curious...if anyone knows what they are please tell.
     
  2. fga

    fga LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,445

    I find it easier to replace the term "blow" with "clean-up" itchy balls.

    or "Its going to be tough trying to clean-up itchy balls with the blower"


    On a side note.... how are you dealing with the local new enforced regulations? have you applied for you dumping permits yet? Alot of $$$$

    Companies are droppping like flies this year due to them.
     
  3. ACutAbovesiny

    ACutAbovesiny LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 590


    Im waiting for a reply. The app for the business integrity commision was like 40 pages.

    How did you find out about it?? I had a customer tell me about it.

    I have been using another place out in Jersey called Generated Materials in Edison. No lisence needed. Have you ever used they to dump? They take everything except dirt.
     
  4. ACutAbovesiny

    ACutAbovesiny LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 590

    Its gonna cost us about $2200.

    $1000 for the lisence
    $350 per principle
    $??? per truck
    etc.
     
  5. ACutAbovesiny

    ACutAbovesiny LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 590

    I still dont know how much they are gonna charge per yard/ton.
     
  6. SoloSulkySurfer

    SoloSulkySurfer LawnSite Member
    Posts: 224

    You know when I saw your post calling them "itchy balls" I had to laugh. The only other person that I know that calls them that is a customer from Staten Island (must be a NY thing?). They come from a sweet gum tree. They are an absolute pain to pick up. Even my walkbehind blower does'nt get them all out of the grass. The only way to really get them out of the grass seems to be to rake them. Do yourself a favor and charge accordingly, then suggest to the customer to have the tree cut down.
     
  7. ACutAbovesiny

    ACutAbovesiny LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 590

    LOL thanks.
     
  8. fga

    fga LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,445

    I heard it can take up to 3 years to get the permit.

    I don't remember the cost of the permit annualy, but you have to pay $320 for a temp permit immediately.

    Its $6 a yard, but you have to have to open an account there, like E-Z pass. You have to put $1000 into that account just to start (so add an additional g to the cost:rolleyes: ). you swipe your card each time you go.

    The thing that really bothered me, was minimum required insurance premiums. You can't have standard commercial insurance, you had to have 100-300.. which would increase my truck insurance from $1600 a year, to around $3800-4000 a year.:dizzy:
    Between, GW in NJ, and mulching, and customer dump areas, i may wait until next year. No customer wants an increase, so they are coming up with ways to dispose also. I just bought a second trailer, an open one, for dump runs.
     
  9. ACutAbovesiny

    ACutAbovesiny LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 590

    Check out that place generated materials in Edison. it costs alittle more but you dont need all those requirments. PM for the phone number.
     
  10. mdvaden

    mdvaden LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,928

    Are you refering to the small prickly round pods that fall off of the sweet gum tree? Maybe 3/4" diameter.

    That's what I call them, instead of little balls with pricks.
     

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