Looking for some advice/wisdom on a bush and tree removal

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Marinucci_Landscaping, Jul 4, 2010.

  1. bradseabridge

    bradseabridge LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 720

    easily a grand, and it may not look professional to pull out bushes with a truck but I'm damn sure not gonna sit there with freaking shovels when I have another TOOL that will do it more efficiently and in about an 90th of the time of shoveling.

    Seriously what do you want me to do in 115degree weather.

    edited for being a dick.
  2. Well maybe im not experienced enough in pricing tree work.

    Well, not all of us have bobcats or whatever your referring to. It would be lovely to be able to use one, but I don't have one and I'm not going to rent one to just take out those bushes.
  3. Oh, your referring to your truck. Well go ahead and pull them out that way then. I just offered my opinion on how I would do it. Yes, it looks unprofessional. Not to mention you put marks in the lawn.
  4. dgw

    dgw LawnSite Bronze Member
    from OH
    Messages: 1,008

    get yourself a handful of heavy duty tow chains

    link em long enough to get to pavement with your truck

    when you get old like me this will be your favorite method

    im 30 years old , diggin aint fun no more

    for trees, the liability of them dont make it worth touching for cheap

    on the plus side you get enough of them start cutting them up and sell them for firewood in the winter, or burn them yourself:drinkup:
  5. bradseabridge

    bradseabridge LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 720

    Pretty sure I said make sure your back tires are on the pavement in my first post. I'm not an idiot and have been doing this a long time. Using a shovel is idiotic IMHO when you have a tool with a motor that will make your job easier and faster. That's why we spend money on all this equipment so we don't have to get down on our hands or knees with shears.
  6. whosedog

    whosedog LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 730

    There's a lot of bunches there,you'll have to wrap the chain or tow strap around each bunch,the truck will yank them right out.then rototil out remaining roots(if poor soil add peatmoss),rake and roll smooth,add seed + fert,, rake in and tell him to water regularly.
    Trees look easy,have a helper rope them away from fence and lines when you drop the branches.
    24 man hours labor, disposal and stump removal extra.
    Just take it slow in this heat,better yet wait till it passes!
  7. Wow, you guys don't need to justify what you do. I really don't give a ****. Get workers and then you won't be doin the digging. Unless you want to be a solo operator all your life. Seriously, I don't care.
  8. jvanvliet

    jvanvliet LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,944

    Those bushes don't look like they need a truck... dig one and find out. Putting a truck on the lawn is going to do a lot of damage, not to mention the damage from ripping the bushes out of the ground... it also looks "bush league" doing it that way, tearing up the guys yard for a couple of bushes. Get a good "Pony Spade" at about & $85.00 It'll cut through the roots like a hot knife through butter. I'll bet the Diamond has one. I'm 57, I still dig, in the summer, in South Florida where I am familiar with heat.

    You may want to use a service to make sure you don't have cable or pipe running under there before you start ripping and tearing. We have a free service down here called "no cuts' they scan the area and mark all the utilities, if they miss one it's covered if not and you break it it'll cost you.

    The trees aren't that big, like the man said, cut a notch and then make a slow cut from the other side and you can do a "controlled" drop using the hinge. I don't think they'll do any damage other than scratch the asphalt a bit. Anyway, smaller branches will break the fall. Depends on how much sack you got and how much work you want to do. The quicker you get it down, the better.

    $2,000 for those trees sounds like a lot for down here, but I'll bet you can get $400.00 - $600.00 each for them, including the stump grinding. If it's hard wood, you got some for the winter, so it's a bonus.
  9. dgw

    dgw LawnSite Bronze Member
    from OH
    Messages: 1,008

    i meant a grand for the pair

    and i dug 3 bushes today , with an actual shovel and pry bar

    by myself:clapping::clapping:

    i only use truck method when necessary
  10. jvanvliet

    jvanvliet LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,944

    You're the man! :cool2:

    Have a beer on me :drinkup:

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