A little over my head

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by BLKSS, Jun 15, 2007.

  1. BLKSS

    BLKSS LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 82

    so i put an ad out about trimming small to medium size trees, well the response was outstanding but i have this one house with 40 foot trees and the customer wants one limb overhanging a powerline cut, one dead limb cut above his garage, and a few other limbs cut. I have no clue how to start. do i need a ladder, a second person, how do i keep the limb from snaping the powerline? really need help guys. or should i just tell the customer he should go with someone else that is more experienced.
  2. harryhomeowner

    harryhomeowner LawnSite Member
    Messages: 140

    Wow...Sub this job out.

    Perhaps act as a helper too so you can learn.

    This sounds like one that might be a little to difficult to start with.
  3. Your Lawn First

    Your Lawn First LawnSite Member
    Messages: 56

    Sub it out and watch and learn
  4. txgrassguy

    txgrassguy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,083

    BLKSS, in the State of Texas you may not trim trees with-in striking distance of power lines unless you are certified by that power company to do so.
    Should you go ahead and trim a tree with in striking distance of the power line then damage said line you are liable for civil as well as criminal charges.
    as far as the other limbs are concerned, I recommend doing an indepth web search for arbory techniques as a wealth of information exists.
  5. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,558

    If you ever drop a limb on a power line and it bounces the wire you won't ever ever cut limbs around lines again! I won't start doing the higher risk stuff in year one....find a company that will back you up.
  6. General Grounds

    General Grounds LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 902

    put a limit on your height. be careful till you gain exp.
  7. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Isn't it arboristsite.com, lawnsite's version of the tree stuff?

    I've done a few trees and know a couple of guys into it, the deal with it is simple... Do a thousand small trees from the ground first, trees less than a foot in trunk diameter, and 50-75 feet high at the most, one thousand of those. Then work your way up over the next thousand, and by the time you've cut down 3-4,000 trees you should be an expert.

    Afaik, other than legalities, you'll need to climb it, and rope it down some kind of way, maybe a bucket truck would come in handy.

    Either way, around here it's 2-300 as soon as someone has to climb, man goes in the air = $2-300, even if it's just one small no-risk limb... I'm not so sure what is going on with this customer, but that power-line thing probably wouldn't be cheap but idk, your best bet would be to try arboristsite.com, I think that's what it's called.

    MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,568

    Well in biding trees if you bid it double the price and you will still go in the hole,hauling it off is killer on profit.
  9. ThorVentures

    ThorVentures LawnSite Member
    Messages: 35

    Fill your mouth with marbles.

    Spit one out for every tree you climb.

    Went you've lost all your marbles, you're qualified.
  10. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    Do NOT do this work, you are not qualified and can get yourself dead or in big trouble. Have your client call a licensed certified arborist to do this work.

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