Need help!!! Customer wants tree moved!!!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by A CUT ABOVE, Feb 23, 2000.


    A CUT ABOVE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    I have a customer who has a palm tree about 4' tall and 36-40" around. I am just entering my second year in this business, and have never done anything like this. I could really use some help with this. I don't really know what to do.
  2. scottlawns

    scottlawns Guest
    Messages: 0

    use a chainsaw!!!!

    A CUT ABOVE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    I am sorry, I did not make myself clear. He has a rental property (where the palm tree is). He wants the tree moved to his house and re-planted.
  4. paul

    paul Lawnsite Addict
    Messages: 1,625

    4' tall? If I remember right for palms all that is needed is a ball of dirt twice the dia. of the trunk so ...... look in the yellow pages for a tree spade company that can ove it for you.<p>----------<br>paul<br>
  5. thelawnguy

    thelawnguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,411

    A local nursery should be able to help you, or point you in the right direction. Just add sufficient markup to cover any aggravation.<p>Bill<p>----------<br>&quot;...half my brain tied behind my back, just to make it fair.&quot; R.L.<br>
  6. Lance720

    Lance720 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 54

    Go to and look for the forum there. I'm an arborist in the pacific north west and would love to give you some advice but have absolutly no experience with palms. I'm interested in the if it's 4ft tall you need a root ball twice as wide. The general rule that I have learned is that you need 9&quot; of root ball for every inch of dia at the butt of the tree. Again I say I have never dealt with palm(they won't grow here).<br> Hope this helps<br>
  7. mikeslawn

    mikeslawn LawnSite Member
    from florida
    Messages: 18

    We removed one one time. We did it with an ax and chainsaw. It took us 2 hrs because the the roots on a palm were so thick. I would advise you find someone that knows what they are doing and has the right equipment or you probly will destroy the palm.
  8. southside

    southside LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 790

    Everyone over here seems to have a major<br>palm tree fetish.:) Personally I find them<br>to be an absolute pain in the a$$.Rip it out<br>and drop it in a tub/bio grinder.Palm trees<br>can make good mulch.:)
  9. fireball

    fireball LawnSite Member
    from ne Pa
    Messages: 172

    Lance, I like you have no experience with palm trees. However, if Bill Gates wants a palm tree, they will grow there
  10. Z7199999

    Z7199999 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    You should find contract diggers that work in your area. They should be able to dig that palm in about 2 hours. Then just load the palm on your truck. Make sure you measure the palm tree ball after you dig the hole to make sure it fits.<p>

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