Lighting tall evergreen trees without a lift

Discussion in 'Christmas Trees & Seasonal' started by rouseisland, Oct 18, 2011.

  1. rouseisland

    rouseisland LawnSite Member
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    This is our 2nd year in the christmas lighting business and we have a client who has a 24' evergreen tree that is not reachable by a boom. Last year we had a ladder resting to the middle of the tree, but could not rest it any higher because the tree would not physically hold on top. Any suggestions?



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  2. addictedtolandscaping

    addictedtolandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
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    A-frame ladder.
  3. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
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    Orchard ladders. You should be able to get the single support leg in between the branches with ease. that will let you get right up to the tip with ease.
  4. David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
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    If the tree truly is 24 foot, I would use a 16 foot heavy duty painters pole with a 6 foot little giant ladder fully extended to 12 feet tall in the step ladder position. with one man on the dround feeding you lights and one guy on the ladder, the tree should not be too dificult to do. we have done 30 foot tall trees this way with a 6 foot 4" guy that works for me, but that is about the max height you can get.
  5. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Long stick.
  6. TimNNJ

    TimNNJ LawnSite Senior Member
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    No kidding..on some trees that I have been looking at I figured I needed a boom..20-30..I am going to get me one of those long painters poles...good deal

  7. turf hokie

    turf hokie LawnSite Silver Member
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    Eventually you may also want to look into a large orchard ladder, we can get pretty far up with a 16' orchard ladder and a telescoping pole.
    The orchard ladder works nicely because you can put it thru the middle of the tree and get closer.
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  8. TimNNJ

    TimNNJ LawnSite Senior Member
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    so do you think a tow behind boom is a waste for the day?

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