Need Help With Tree Removal. PLEASE

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Pearl Valley Landscapes, Dec 26, 2007.

  1. Pearl Valley Landscapes

    Pearl Valley Landscapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    Hello,Im am new to the landscape industry and would appreciate any help. I would like to ask what you would charge for removing this blue spruce and how would you price it? I have to remove this tree, It fell due to the strong winds.The tree is about 15-18 feet tall. Attached is the picture.Thank you

  2. Armadillolawncare

    Armadillolawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 570

    That looks like a pretty easy job since the tree is already down. I couldn't imagine it taking any more then 30-45 minutes to cut up into smaller pieces. Assuming that I can get my trailer close to the tree for loading I would probably charge as follows.

    1 hr to cut up and load tree onto trailer-$100.00
    30 minute drive time to recycling center where I would take the cut up tree-$50.00
    Recycling center fee-$10.00
    15 minutes to unload tree at recycling center-$25.00
    Total - $185.00

    This does not include backfilling the hole left when the tree was blown over. If you need to include that then figure out how much soil you need, time to pick up and deliver the soil and time to install soil.
  3. shane mapes

    shane mapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 537

    i would charge 1.5 man hours and figure if the dump is not to far from the site n/c for dump. if it is far add a little but it should be pretty easy and not take that long.
  4. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    Well I guess I'm prety close, I was thinking about $175 to $200, then I scrolled down, lol.
  5. Pearl Valley Landscapes

    Pearl Valley Landscapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    Thanks guys for the expert help. I am going to estimate it around $ 200.Thank you all
  6. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,115

    Hey Pearl
    Give them a price to replace it too.
    Are there others this size on the property that need to be staked?
    Be proactive and don't leave money on the table
  7. Pearl Valley Landscapes

    Pearl Valley Landscapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    Thanks for the advice, i didnt even think about staking the rest .Yes there are about 5-6 trees on the property. Soo the price for staking one spruce like this would be about 50 dolllars (stakes & wire = $ 20) ( labour & 30 ) Is this correct??
  8. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,910

    I would grab a shovel, redig the stump hole bigger, use my winch to pull the tree back upright, stake the tree properly, water and fert it good. Send bill for around $200 to customer and tell them no warranty. If the tree then dies I would take my saw, cut the tree into a log, put on my dump truck, shovel enough dirt from my truck to fill the hole then drive home. Branches would go onto my burn pile and log would go onto my firewood pile for my house. New bill for $50 sent to custmer.
  9. freddyc

    freddyc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 578

    At whatever your rate is:

    15 minutes to cut it up, 10-15 minutes to load it, add $25 for gas and add the dump fee if any. If you're not out of there in 30-40 minutes or so there's more there than the picture shows. For $200 you should be filling the hole too. Dump fee for that would be $25 for me.

    I had a 3 ft dia oak taken down for ~ 800 was leaning over the house and they needed a bucket, 2-3 guys and a chipper. That tree you have already on the ground is no more than a small branch in comparison.

    It's 15 ft from where you can park your trailer, 15 minutes with a small saw, and 1 pickup of debris to get rid of. The only partially difficult part might be picking up the stump, but that doesn't look hard from the pic.

    If you can get $200 for that, God Bless you.
  10. ATL Lawn

    ATL Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 318

    would had been $300-$400 here easy

    Dump fee here would be $45/ton (1ton min) + $3gal gas getting it there.

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