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Tree Skinning?

Discussion in 'Tree Climbing, Pruning, Felling' started by Grahamslawncare, May 16, 2014.

  1. Grahamslawncare

    Grahamslawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 143

    Hey guys,
    My girlfriend's boss just asked if I'd be up for skinning trees on one of his lots. She works for a construction company, and their lawn guy just said he'll skin the trees(or boot as they called it) for $375. Well, you can assume the boss got pissed. He knows I do lawncare also got the idea that maybe I'll do it for cheaper, but I need insurance. The questions I have are:
    -How do I even price a job like this?
    -Do I need a special tree license?
    -What would be the easiest thing to use to skin them?

    I've skinned a palm tree before for a family member, using a carpet knife. Worked but took a while.
  2. CreativeLawncareSolutions

    CreativeLawncareSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,017

    I assume you'd use a pole saw.
  3. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,737

    As a licensed and educated Arborist & Utility Arborist, I'm stumped. What the he!! Is tree skinning????
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  4. CreativeLawncareSolutions

    CreativeLawncareSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,017

    I had to google it. Apparently is trimming palms.
  5. Grahamslawncare

    Grahamslawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 143

    I thought the same. Pole saw doesn't work.

    Tree Skinning
    Apparently this is where you skin the boots/palm ends off the tree. Rather then trimming the actual palm frams off. Its the stuff that gets left behind and apparently for some trees, people like them skimmed.
  6. southerntide

    southerntide LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Alabama
    Messages: 5,957

    First I have ever heard of this as well :confused::confused:
  7. cotyledon

    cotyledon LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 612

    Goes by a bunch of different names but it's trimming dead frond fibers off the trunk for a meat look. Sawzall with fine tooth works best
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  8. Trees Too

    Trees Too LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,820

    Me too :confused: But then again, by being in the Great Lakes region, palm trees are way outside my realm of knowledge! :waving:
  9. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,465

    Same here,we only have to deal with Sequoia's in Buffalo.:rolleyes:
  10. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
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