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Pricing in trimming trees

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by 3d2r, Jun 7, 2004.

  1. 3d2r

    3d2r LawnSite Member
    Posts: 6

    This person wants me to trim 30 to 35 oak trees. There about 15' to 30' tall can someone give me advise on how to price them in trimming, loading, unloading and hauling them.
  2. D Felix

    D Felix LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,898

    First of all, you don't trim a live tree. You trim a Christmas tree. Live trees get PRUNED, not trimmed. You get your hair trimmed, your grass trimmed. Trees are pruned.....

    Now that that is out of the way, if you don't know what to charge for pruning the trees, you may want to pass on it and refer them to a qualified arborist. The shorter ones you may be able to prune from the ground, but the taller ones may need to be climbed. Which is a whole 'nother can of worms.

    As soon as you get off of the ground, there are standards that should be met, specifically ANSI Z133 for climbing, not to mention A300 for tree care.

    As for pricing, it's hard to give suggestions without seeing the site and the trees themselves. Anyone here that says $XXX per tree is full of crap, and I'll stand behind that fully. No one can tell you what you should charge over the internet. That's another reason to pass on it and refer them to a qualified arborist.

    For some help, follow these links:
    http://www.isa-arbor.com Once inside, click the link for "find an arborist"
    http://www.arboristsite.com It's a sister site to this one, there's a LOT of knowledge and experience on there. READ UP!
    And, http://www.tree-buzz.com Another forum, but not as active as AS.

    HTH, and sorry if I was a little blunt!


    TREEGODFATHER LawnSite Member
    Posts: 203

    You're absolutely dead-on, Dan.

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