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Tree cutting techniques

Discussion in 'Tree Climbing, Pruning, Felling' started by cutman2000, May 9, 2013.

  1. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,767

    Just tell the customer to get rid of it.

    Bushes and trees are like children...... You can try and control them all you want but they eventually want to grow into what they truly are.

  2. RSK Property Maintenance

    RSK Property Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,505

    you can probably cut 2-3 inches off safely, its tough to see, but you can only take off the new growth anymore then that and it will damage it, but it should come out anyways....people seem to think you can just cut a foot off any shrub anytime....not quite how it works, im not expert by any means but i know you can just cut something back thats taking over a walkway, it has to be maintained
  3. OP

    cutman2000 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    so don't give them what they want??
  4. Sprinkler Buddy

    Sprinkler Buddy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 1,184

    Like others have said, needs to come out. It's to mature for that location. No way to trim it and leave it looking presentable.
  5. Greg78

    Greg78 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,010

    What you're not getting is that there is no way to give them what they want. You trim it like they want and it will be nothing but brown and they will not be happy with you even if you explain it first... don't ask me how I know.

    I got out of the mindset that the customer is always right a long time ago because they are not. I will not do anything that will harm my reputation. Say the neighbors see you trim it then it dies off, well they think you killed because you don't know what you're doing. The neighbors don't know that your customer wanted it cut that far back.
  6. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,982

    Only thing that can be done is to raise the trees hem line/take off branches below 6' off the ground if the customer does not want the side walk and garage door blocked and keep the tree.
  7. GrassGuerilla

    GrassGuerilla LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,450

    It should go.
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  8. dadoorsron

    dadoorsron LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    This is when you need to educate your customer. You need to sell them the fact it will not look good with pruning and the only thing to do is remove it all together. The plant has outgrown the location and simply needs to be removed.
  9. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,080

    I've never heard such balderdash in my life... it appears to be a member of the cedar family such as an arborvitae... no LOCATION was given so perhaps it is a Leyland Cypress...

    We've cut full grown trees down to 4' high and made perfect 8' hedge out of them that lasted for years...

    When you cut into the center brush you'll need to see what the branch has for living buds... when you prune of the top,,, just make sure that there are living branches with buds ready to take off and it will be brand new before the Spring growth flush is finished... in fact,,, the top taken off will revitalize the interior of the arb. more than one can obviously imagine...

    What is the educational system even talking about anymore??? Talk to someone, locally,, who has a clue over the age of 50 if you don't understand what I'm saying... I'm not being UNKIND just trying to help your client... :)
    Last edited: May 12, 2013

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