How clean is “clean”?
Clean up is one of the deceptively important but time-taking tasks of tree work. It also seems to be an area where there is a lot of confusion and challenge to create clarity. I am trying to write this blog to create clarity for myself and for my clients when discussing yard clean up.
All tree work goes through different stages. We can do what we call a “drop and go” level of service. This is our most inexpensive option. This allows us to do what we are best at and you to support.
On a larger job, we try to remove everything we can with the skid steer either directly or by picking up hand-made piles. We call this skid steer clean. This removes 95% of the tree from the ground. It leaves some small diameter longer branches and some larger diameter short branches, but never anything weighing over 2 pounds.
The next step is using a pitch fork to remove another layer of sticks and debris. There are still sticks and leaves left behind, but substantially smaller and less, removing another 90% of what was left on the ground from the skid steer.
Lastly, there is fine clean up. This involves raking and blowing the entire area. This will remove 90% of the sawdust and fine debris.
There are also options on what we do with the heavy wood. Outside of a “drop and go” we will have to deal with the heavy wood. The most cost effective option for this is to leave the heavy wood in a pile near the base of the tree, typically in 4-6’ lengths.
As you can good description of what you would have left would 99% of branches between 3/4” diameter and 2” diameter would be removed. They would tend to be shorter in the range of 1-2’. 1/4”-3/4” material would mostly be gone estimating 75%-80%. Most of what would be left would be shorter length branches from 1’-4’
At the time of this writing, it is $400 per trailer load of heavy for us to haul away. A load consists of a 7’x16’ dump trailer with 2’ sidewalls.
At the time of this writing, it is $300 per trailer load of brush for us to haul away. A load consists of a 7’x16’ dump trailer with 2’ sidewalls.
“Skiddy Clean” Cleanup:
Skid Steer Clean is what the name implies: A skid steer is used to clean up the property. There is still hand piling and grabbing of limbs that are quicker staked and loaded than grabbing with the skid steer yet the intent is the skid steer could pick them up/ there is no expectation of getting small materials cleaned up.
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