Underinsured Landscapers doing tree work

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by DouglasTreeService, Sep 8, 2013.

  1. Chuck Norris

    Chuck Norris LawnSite Senior Member
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    Why not just start by cutting off the branches and then cut it a ft above the ground?
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  2. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    We do tree work, but.....

    Our insurance only allows so much of it. Smaller trees that are in no way going to cause any damage when they fall.

    I turn down tree jobs all the time, just got to know when to say when.


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  3. RSK Property Maintenance

    RSK Property Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
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    If the tree was taller I might have. but it was so small i just cut it from the bottom. and cut 4ft off the top and threw it in the dump trailer.
     
  4. CL&T

    CL&T LawnSite Senior Member
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    I believe most landscaper policies will cover you for removing trees up to 12 feet in height. Of course you have to use your own discretion if there is any property that can be damaged, power lines, etc.
     
  5. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    Our policy doesn't have a hight restriction unfortunately or fortunately.

    But I still make judgment calls on the trees we do. They have to be clear of all obstacles to where we can take them down safely.

    I always do the cutting also for work comp reasons. I'll never have an employee do it.
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  6. elbow300

    elbow300 LawnSite Member
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    As I see it, There is no profession on earth people flock to in times of financial strife more than lawn and landscape maintenance. Anybody needing a little extra money that has a push mower and a trunk big enough to put it in is suddenly direct competition for us. With that said, I do not even try to compete with those guys, or get mad at them for trying to feed their families. I'm happy to see them out trying to get work, rather than forcing me to work and feed them on our welfare system. I know I cannot compete with their prices, and I also know that they cannot compete with our service and expertise. If you are giving a proper consultation with your perspective clients, you are informing them of the difference between a landscaper with a slow week trying to keep the wheels turning, and a tree removal specialist. If the home or business owner wants to gamble on an unqualified contractor to save a few bucks, whether in the grounds management area or otherwise, its their business. If you do what you say you will do, when you say you will do it, for the price quoted, you won't have any trouble staying busy.
     
  7. DouglasTreeService

    DouglasTreeService LawnSite Member
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    Landscaper vs Arborist—Whats The Difference


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    Distinguishing between landscapers and arborists may seem unnecessary, at first. To the average homeowner, there is little difference between the two – both perform a variation of yard work, so it doesn’t really matter which one you hire, right?

    Wrong.

    Landscaping and arboriculture are very unique professions, and it’s important for homeowners to be cognizant of this fact. Failing to understand the differences could lead to safety hazards, as landscapers are often ill-equipped handle the more dangerous aspects of tree work.

    “Traditional landscaping tasks include landscape and hardscape installation, lawn care, lawn irrigation installation and maintenance, mulching, garden bed preparation and maintenance and sometimes shrub pruning,” Douglas Tree Service explains. “Arboriculture, on the other hand, involves caring for mature trees, tree removal, pruning, cabling, stump grinding, and more.”
    Why is the distinction important? “A landscaper will not necessarily be equipped with the training and the tools needed to perform arboricultural operations safely, or even correctly,”. This can result in the landscape contractor overextending himself, which can result in damage to their person and/or your property. As a homeowner, you may even find yourself responsible for the damage, especially if your contractor doesn’t carry liability insurance!

    Professional arborists, on the other hand, are accustomed to handling dangerous equipment such as chippers and chainsaws. Reputable tree care companies also adhere to pruning standards, carry liability insurance and understand the importance of standardized safety practices on the jobsite.
    So, how can homeowners determine whether they need to hire a landscaping company versus a tree care company? “Consider the scope of the work that needs to be done, and match it to the scope of services offered by the company you’re hiring,”.
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    In other words, if your lawn needs an aesthetic overhaul by someone knowledgeable in horticulture, call a landscaping company. If your trees are looking desperate or dangerous, contact us.
     
  8. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    You guys are lucky people are even calling you. Around here people look at me dumbfounded when I tell them " you need to call a tree guy" Meanwhile their siding is rotting off their home as it hasn't seen sun since before Clinton was with the chubby chic.
     
  9. PenningsLandscaping

    PenningsLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Luckily most people here know the difference. I'll do some light tree trimming, but nothing huge. Mostly mature Japanese maples and other aesthetic trees.
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  10. DouglasTreeService

    DouglasTreeService LawnSite Member
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    Our employees are highly skilled, and specialize in removing trees on a daily basis, I would'nt ask my employees to put a roof on a house because we dont specialize in roofing. Even know I have confidence they could achieve it.

    Specialization is Key!
     

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