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Need Tree Selling Help

Discussion in 'Christmas Trees & Seasonal' started by Ravenwood Landscaping, Nov 1, 2008.

  1. Ravenwood Landscaping

    Ravenwood Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 117

    I am looking at selling trees this year. I found a supplier a few hours away and will be selling from my house. I sold mums in my yard on a whim and sold over 200 in a couple of weeks. So I'm thinking that I could also be onto something with the trees. I was thinking of starting the week of Thanksgiving. A couple of questions I had:

    1. How do you keep the trees healthy and watered?
    2. What are some things that you have found to be good accessory sellers? (i.e. stands, wreaths, swags)
    3. Any general complications I should be thinking about?

    Thanks in advance for any help.
  2. GoneFishin'

    GoneFishin' LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    1. You don't, just put a fresh cut on it when you sell it and tell the customer to put the tree in water when they get home. (Prolong is a good additive to sell the customer)

    2. I wouldn't sell too much your first year. Make sure you can sell the trees first and see what customers ask for, use this for next year. (Make sure you get yourself some good twine to tie the trees up)

    3. Make sure you do a good job if you tie trees to the roof of vehicles is probably the most important. As simple as it sounds, I have seen way too many newbies screw up with this. The best is when they trap a person in their car (anyone with experience knows what I'm talking about and will laugh at that every time.)

    Good luck if you try your luck at it. If you are I'm sure you've ordered your trees by now. If so what type, FF's or DF's?
  3. T&J Landscaping

    T&J Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 199

    good luck ravenwood,,
  4. Ravenwood Landscaping

    Ravenwood Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 117

    Thanks guys! Yea, I'm going to keep it simple just to see how it goes. I plan on getting around 30 trees, mostly frasiers and some white pines. I'm also making wreathes (got all the pine I need in my relatives yards) and having my sister make some stuff since she's crafty.

    I figure I'm putting a ~$750 investment out there, I shouldn't have an issue at least breaking even based on my sales of mums and the traffic that passes by here.

    Good luck to all!
  5. T&J Landscaping

    T&J Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 199

    why would you want to work just to break even , Not worth it ,, you need to set Numbers before before you start a biz,
  6. Ravenwood Landscaping

    Ravenwood Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 117

    Oh I'm certainly working for more than breaking even, but with this being my first time doing this and without actually planning for it earlier in the year, I don't want to put up a huge investment and fall flat on my face because I don't have everything planned and advertised. I'm more looking to "see how it goes" and learn from it for next year.

    Unfortunately, my house is also up for sale, so I don't want to have hundreds of trees and a whole setup in my yard that I may have to move. So that's also another factor in not going full bore with it.
  7. T&J Landscaping

    T&J Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 199

    you should hire a , newphew or something and have him hold a sign down the street saying trees for sale/house lol ,, joking, holding a sign saying trees for sale , from 3:00pm - 8:00pm,pay him 8 an hour, how much you going to charge selling trees
  8. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 6,464

    T&J do you the difference between this , and this . ??

    Have you ordered your trees yet? What are you ordering? Why would you do this just to break even? Its quite a bit of work even for 30 trees...You have to keep em watered. Are you prepared to guarantee them? Do you know what your delivery costs are? Are your prices competitive?
  9. CharlotteOutdoorImpact

    CharlotteOutdoorImpact LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 252

    I guess you charge for it, but it saves on customers trying to haul a tree on a lexus or whatever. Of course they want to pick one out, so just take them maybe 5-8 trees to pick from. You could probably charge for placing them in the stand for them as a add-on also.

    Just a thought...
  10. turf hokie

    turf hokie LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,751

    Yes, delivery & set-up for a nominal fee, but they still need to come to you to pick out the tree. I dont think I could charge enough to bring 5-6 trees to someone so they can pick one out. If they cant come to you then bring them one nice one and done with it.

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