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Old 09-12-2002, 03:10 AM   #1
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Default What is a good price for a tree trimer here in Phoenix?

We had some guy come to our house to appraise our yard for service today. He wanted $40/tree (4 trees) to prune them. They are about 5 year old trees (the annoying trees that drop the pea-pod looking things a couple times a year.) They are only about 10 feet tall so it's easy to get to the hanging branches that need pruning. I could do it myself If I knew anything about pruning. Anyway, what does everyoen pay for their yard service? How much does the yard workers do? Who do you use so I can call them? Thanks

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Old 09-12-2002, 08:16 AM   #2
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I pay $0. I have the tools, and it only takes 30 mins to prune my couple of MASSIVE trees. (they grow 2-4FT each year in the directions they shouldn't). Takes a ton more time to stuff the branches in a truck or I'll put the branches in the trash can over a couple of weeks.

Anyhoo pruning is easy. Just cut off the offending branches either at the line at which you want the tree to not exist anymore, or at the "Y" where the branch begins depending on the tree and how dense it is.
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Old 09-12-2002, 10:58 AM   #3
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$40 a tree sounds expensive unless they are actually a licensed company. You could probably find someone to do the whole job for like $50, but you have to be careful. They may break something like your sprinklers, fence, roof, etc....
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Old 09-12-2002, 11:38 AM   #4
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I have a monster Briar Palo Verde in my front yard. I planted it myself from a 15 gal bucket about 6 years ago and it's already as big as they're ever supposed to get. This tree has large thorns and I've bled every time I've trimmed it myself (once, it nicked an artery in knee). (My point is it's a real PIA to trim.) I've had estimates of $150 or more for the one tree. I found a local guy (who usually brings his family along) who does the whole yard, front and back, trimming all the bushes and cleaning up the weeds for about that same price. I have desert land scaping, so I only have it done 2 or 3 times a year.

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Old 09-12-2002, 11:52 AM   #5
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I sent you an email of the guy I use to take care of my yard.

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Old 09-12-2002, 12:30 PM   #6
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$40 per tree seems to be an average price down in South Tempe/Ahwatukee area. I tried to get several landscape people to trim the tops of my Ficus trees (about 25 ft tall, but skinny) and they just look, hem/hog and say, get someone else. Guess there is low bearing fruit next door that is easier pickins.
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