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Newsletter 2022

Tarzan Tarzans: Frans, Annemiek, Sietse en Daniel

Exodus at Tarzan: New Tarzans needed!

  The coming year will probably cause some headaches because:
Frans: indicated that he wants to spend a considerable amount of time during the coming three years rebuilding his farmhouse and thus has less time at his disposal for Tarzan.
Kaj: decided to try his luck in Brazil. He’s now working there in tourism and the agricultural sector.
Frank: has always wanted to live and work in New Zealand. He’s now made the decision and will leave us in April to work as an arborist on the other side of the world.
Companion Christiaan: is going to build a new life with his wife and son in France. They have bought a farm there with copious amounts of land and will go forward within the tourist sector and tree care.

Of course it’s a great pity that our permanent team is falling apart. But how wonderful it is that our Tarzans feel free to chase their dreams!

So: Godspeed! And if not.... just come back!

Who will be our new colleague?

Who will be our new colleague?

To compensate for the loss of these experienced and expert hands, we (Tarzans Frans, Annemiek, Sietse and Daniel) are looking for an experienced colleague to supplement our team and must, of course, already have the necessary experience and/or diplomas.

For your information: Tarzan Tree & Pruning Specialists are specialised in the climbing of, manual pruning and felling of trees, both large and small, communal or in private gardens, in and around Amsterdam. More information about our company and our activities can be found at: www.tarzan.eu

The candidate must be able to work independently and expertly, together with experienced and less experienced colleagues, with respect for the tree, the customer and the environment. We expect a real go-getter with ambitions, who can withstand our flexible working hours. We offer a salary in accordance with our industry norm, the best conceivable extras and lot’s of fun. In addition, you get meaningful opportunities to continue developing and moving forward within Tarzan.

We do have a strong preference for someone who would prefer to work part-time (maybe 3 or 4 days a week). This way you also have free time and energy for your own activities.

How can you grab this one-off opportunity? Just send us your resumeĢ and a message or video in which you explain why you would like to work for us. Contact details: email F@tarzan.eu or WhatsApp & Telegram: +31 624 395 234. Either way, be sure we’ll get back to you.

Introducing Daniel:

Tarzan Daniel in actie.

Introducing Daniel:

Hello. Originally I come from a small village in Northern Italy. Throughout most of my childhood I worked on a farm where I learned animal husbandry, how best to work the land and to harvest wood from the forests.

In total, I have been working with trees for more than 9 years. What do I love about trees? They mostly have no stress and seem to do everything in their own, calm way. When I was 18 I began working for a tree felling company in the north of Italy, where it was exciting and pleasurable.

When I was 20 years old, I gave kite surfing lessons in Egypt, South Africa and Europe. It was ‘something different’ for a while, but the bond I have with trees and forests continued to grow. A year ago love brought me to the Netherlands and I now live in Amstelveen. Through my mother-in-law I came into contact with Tarzan where, of course, I work. Not just because I’m new and gaining knowledge about caring for trees but also because every day I get to work with real experts that are my friendly colleagues ;)at ik elke dag kan werken met leuke en lieve collega’s ;)

The correct pruning time vs bleeding of trees after pruning.

The correct pruning time vs bleeding of trees after pruning

Every day we get asked questions about the right season to prune a tree. We have already written about the correct pruning time in our newsletters. In this article we will explain the influence of the season on the bleeding of your tree.

In short: a tree suffers much more damage from improper pruning than from pruning in the ‘wrong’ season. Summer, winter, autumn or spring: please don’t wait with your pruning request, just contact us anytime. Then we can determine, together with you, what the optimal pruning window is. Both for you and for the tree.

Practical question: I heard that a maple should not be pruned during the spring because otherwise sap leaks from the pruning wounds. Can you please come and prune this month (February)?

Answer and explanation: Some trees such as the maple, birch, walnut and hornbeam give off sticky sap (bleed) when pruned in winter or early spring. This bleeding only stops after May, when the leaves of the trees are fully developed and the tree is active enough to seal the wounds.

What is bleeding, and is it bad for a tree? From late winter to early spring, tree sap pressure begins to build within trees as temperatures rise. This tree sap consists mainly of water, with some dissolved minerals and sugars. In this way, the tree ensures that the water and sugars stored in the roots reach the new leaf buds. This will allow the new buds to swell to be ready for spring. When pruned during that period, the tree sap escapes and that is what we call bleeding.

The bleeding itself is not an insurmountable problem for the tree. Energy is wasted during the bleeding, but the problem of losing the sawn branch - which could have produced sugars for the tree with its leaves in the summer - is actually greater for the tree itself.

Seen from the tree’s point of view, it therefore prefers to be pruned as little as possible and it doesn’t matter very much to the tree which time of year is chosen.

Why then the preference prune without causing bleeding? Yes, we are reluctant to cause bleeding in trees: who really wants their tree to bleed after pruning? Moreover, when the sap drips onto cars, the pavement or onto garden furniture it leaves behind a sticky black layer, understandably most people are not so happy about the mess.

Of course, if you’re producing maple syrup or birch sap wine, you’re deliberately damaging the tree in the spring. Using this method, as much sap as possible is collected for bottling during the early spring.

How do you prevent bleeding of the tree when pruning? The best time to prune these trees is mid-summer after the leaves have hardened or turned dark green but before they fall off. This will, in itself, prevent bleeding.

Pruning in late summer or autumn (after September) is not recommended. There will be no bleeding immediately after pruning, but the unhealed wounds will start to bleed as soon as the sap starts flowing again in the spring.

There is no practical method of stopping the flow of sap from a bleeding wound, and in most cases this bleeding is completely harmless. If you want to prevent this bleeding, prune between May and September!

Tarzan Facts:

Tarzan Annemiek en baby

Tarzan Facts:

We have now cancelled our landline. The best way to reach us is via WhatsApp on our mobile number: 06-24395234, or by e-mail: info@tarzan.eu. If you are not able to WhatsApp or e-mail you can still try telephoning us. However, please note that we are not immediately reachable by phone whilst working on-site.

Everything we dispose of in the sense of wood and branches is sorted, stored and processed into products that we can use ourselves or sell via www.boomdisc.nl

Because we process the residual wood in this way (instead of the usual composting), we avoid the emission of approximately 100 tons of CO2 per year! (assuming 700kg CO2 per m3 wood).

After the construction of his barn, Frans became fascinated by woodworking. He’s really into making beautiful things out of wood, both for himself and for others. The sale of tree trunk products will start later on this year. From the summer onwards, www.boomdisc.nl will indicate when we’ll be accepting commissions.

We have bought a brand new (80 cm narrow) wood chipper with which we can now offer on-site processing of pruning and felling waste. The result is natural wood chips for your own use within your garden.

Tarzan Annemiek has become a Grandma!

From the old photo box


From the old photo box

My parents eagerly took their three rascals with them across national borders. Then we would head south, or east, in a full car, foldable trailer at the rear, later progressing to a small caravan. Topping it all off with a small sailboat on the roof.

This photo was taken in Hungary in 1995, at a campsite by a small lake. Standing, left to the swing is Ivar (1988), sitting is Bauke (1990) with me on the right (1986).

My love of camping stems from my childhood and for that I am grateful to my parents. Growing up outdoors, vulnerable to the elements and immersed in the greenery. These are experiences that still do me good. And that is why I enjoy going to work every day. Sometimes it feels like I’m on vacation.

Rates 2022

Rates 2022

Unfortunately, rising costs and inflation are forcing us to re-adjust some of our rates. We actually find this troublesome and hope therefore that the following tips will help you offset any increases.

Tips to save on the bottom line
Disposal: When we dispose of pruning waste, we charge a minimum of 1 m3, so if you have only a small quantity it is far better to allow us to put the branches in the local green container or just leave them with you. For larger quantities (and it is often more than you expect) it is wise to actually have it removed by us. You can also consider re-use. For example, we can shred the branches on site. You can use the wood chips for paths or even a mulch layer in the garden. Another way to use the pruned wood is to construct your own ecological dead hedge.

Call-out and parking: if you can plan to have several jobs done at the same time, maybe together with your neighbours, you can save more than a Euro 100 on call-out costs. And if you can (temporarily) block parking spaces in front of your door (for example with a few cars), we don’t lose time looking for parking spaces or walking back and forth with tools or branches.

Inform us well in advance: send us your request via whatsapp (+31 624 395 234), stating your address and postal code. Please add photos of the trees concerned and an overview of the garden(s). This helps us in the office to determine how much manpower and equipment will be needed to do the work correctly and as economically as possible.

Please do not request a quote: visiting you and drawing up a quote costs extra time and therefore money which we will need to include in the offer. Which is a waste. If you simply trust us to carry out the work on an hourly basis we only need to charge the hours that we are working for you. In principle, this is always a cheaper method. You will always find the current hourly rates on our website.

Tree & pruning specialists, rates as amended from April 1, 2022


Tree & pruning specialists, rates as amended from April 1, 2022

Our dedicated arborists, specialised in the pruning and felling of trees higher than 10 meters, cost € 90.00 (€ 108.90 incl. VAT) per person per hour.

Our tree specialists cost € 57.50 (€ 69.58 incl. VAT) for the other work and travel time, per person per hour.

The removal of branches and logs: € 35.00 (€ 42.35 incl. VAT) per m3.

Working within the local environmental zones: (including ring road A10)
€ 30.00 (€ 36.30 incl. VAT) surcharge per visit.

The use of our branch shredder: € 50.00 (€60.50 incl. VAT) per operating hour
(minimum 2 hours).

A full overview of our rates can be found on our website www.tarzan.eu

Compliments corner

Compliments corner

Compliments are always much appreciated and are forwarded within our company app so that they actually reach the specific workers which they’re meant for!

Thank you, dear customers for these heart warming compliments:
I just wanted to let you know that your people were really fantastic last Thursday. Not a pleasant job, but having a positive attitude helped enormously. Would you please thank them personally from us! I would sincerely recommend you if someone needs to get rid of a tree.

As you can see everything went very well. I’m extremely happy now that everything is in place. I have already made a new appointment for February 23, 2022 to prune a few things. Thanks again! (also on behalf of the sparrows).


Hi Frans, invoice received and paid today. Thanks for the good work by your amiable professionals!

I’m really impressed with the work you did yesterday!!!

Today I was more than happy to pay your bill, worth every cent for the fine work you’ve done.

Tarzans (lost?) in Amsterdam

Tarzans (lost?) in Amsterdam

It’s a logical enough thought, “Tarzans work with trees, so it’s a reasonable conclusion that they can be found in the forest every day”. Nothing is less true. We almost never work in forests. There, the trees have the space to self-seed, grow, die and fall, compost into nutritious forest soil and germinate as a seed again, all without much human intervention. And help from Tarzans is certainly not needed to support this cycle!

In the city, however, trees do have a hard time. Not only because there is often insufficient space for root and crown growth, but also because people experience hindrance, from branches for example. They then frequently want us to drastically prune, or even remove, the tree completely. In addition, falling branches or old trees can cause serious damage. Common sense dictates that it is essential take really good care of trees growing within an urban environment.

But the city is not just a challenge for the trees. Working in the city also requires quite a few adjustments for us as arborists. Of course you can’t turn up with large machines in the Amsterdam courtyards, so that’s why we do our height work with climbing gear and ropes. We also often have to carry all the (pruned) wood by hand through narrow Amsterdam alley’s before loading it into our vehicles on the street.

Then parking in Amsterdam is of course an eternal challenge. A place in front of the door is really necessary if you are loading branches into the trucks all day. Fortunately, our customers usually help us by occupying the parking space in front of their door with their own car (or that of a friend) days in advance, so that they can free that space upon our arrival.

The latest challenge is the established environmental zones for diesel cars: 2 of our cars are now no longer allowed to enter the city. For our work we need strong trucks to be able to immediately remove all the prunings. Purely because electric vehicles are not (yet) tough enough, we were obliged to invest in an additional diesel powered vehicle.
This happened to be a second-hand truck that just meets the standard. It was quite a rusty thing so we painted it over and now it’s yellow! We would like to introduce you to our newest addition: ‘Canary’ (as we have now called this box truck).

We aim to be able ...
... as always, to serve our customers in the best possible way.