Question about Palm and Tree Trimming

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by freshprince94, Aug 25, 2010.

  1. freshprince94

    freshprince94 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,449

    For guys that trim palms and trees, do you haul the fronds and limbs away or leave them at the curb for city pickup? I have been hauling them either to the county dump (which is an hour away) or leaving them on my curb for pickup, but it would be a lot easier to leave them on the customers curb for pickup. Many LCOs in my area do this, you just have to trim the trees on a Tuesday to have the limbs picked up Wednesday morning.
  2. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,747

    I have two recycling centers within 5 miles of my house. I haul everything to one or the other. During leaf collection I alternate between the centers just to keep from ticking anyone off. I always haul my stuff away. Orlando is a huge area compared to where I live. I'm surprised they don't have facilities to accommodate the community.
  3. A Leaf Above

    A Leaf Above LawnSite Member
    Messages: 223

    I always give the homeowner the option ..Either i can leave them on the street for bulk pickup or they can pay me to take it to the dump ...The homeowners usually will go with just leave it there for the garbage to take ...They feel like they are paying the city for trash removal anyway ..I hate going to the dump but i have to twice a week anyway..
  4. freshprince94

    freshprince94 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,449

    I don't believe they have many facilities near me...the only place I go is the county dump which is about an hour outside Orlando. thanks for the help though!
  5. freshprince94

    freshprince94 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,449

    Thanks, I will give the customers the option from now on. Before I was just hauling off and charging for it.
  6. down here we have vegetation pickups...if it's going to get picked up by the city, i leave it. the customer is already paying for it and i hate loading and unloading and going to the dump...i can care less about the extra $30.
  7. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,134

    In my city, everything has to fit into an automated pick up bin. If it does not fit into the green bin, city does not touch it. Bulky item pick up does not take green waste either. So, unless you have a box dump and a chipper-shredder, it is not a good idea to have anything to do with cutting trees or palms. There are operations that cut palms and trees without shredding. However, it is my guess that they have a large property that the refuse can be dumped at. Dump fees for green waste are over $30 per ton, not to mention gas and time.
  8. Andover Landscape Co.

    Andover Landscape Co. LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Lexington,KY
    Messages: 573

    I know this is not related to the post in any way but you guys are from FL. I was first introduced to Mowing/Landscaping in Orlando. I started when I was 16. I used to take those Fu*in Palmetto bushes and clean them up so the foliage was only coming out of the tops, thin them out a little, and clean them up (kinda like a palm tree) put a nicely edged/mulched bed around them and the customers would flip there wigs!!! Every time.

    To tell you the truth it was easy.. I made there properties stand out like Hotels and they loved it. You guys should try it sometime.

    The contractors that put in those cookie cutter homes would do all the hard work leaving the palmettos in nice little small groups.. Id just go in and basically clear the bases around them so you could see through and they look like small palm trees.

    I know you guys know what I'm talking about. On a corner lot the contractors would leave a palm tree or cypress or something and at the base would be this cluster fu*k of palmetto bushes. Those are the ones I'm talking about... You clean that up put a nice bed around it and they will trip out...

    Anyway my customers ate that sh*t up. I ended up moving north, forgot about landscaping for a while. Now here I am.
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2010
  9. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    FP, I was taking my stuff to Kissimmee, there was a landfill behind midevial times on 192...but i was working the south side of orlando so t was a pretty quick trip..
  10. Andover Landscape Co.

    Andover Landscape Co. LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Lexington,KY
    Messages: 573

    Marc I cant believe what your saying.. I used to work and live on 192.. Did you go to Gateway High? or Denn John Middle school? How old are you?
    It's funny in another post you said something about being in orlando or mowing in 92' I was mowing on 192 in Kissimmee in 89,90,91. I used to do the Osceola Mall.
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2010

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