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01-04-2007, 06:21 PM
I'm new!:waving:

My brothers are in over their heads on several acres of landscaping trees they have growing in the Fort Knox area. They are just weekend warriors and don't have the time to sell trees since they have other full-time jobs. :help: Most of what they have is Colorado and Norway spruce. But they also have Arbordale, maple, sweetgum, etc... Many of them are getting too big for their tree spade.

I told them I would put some feelers out and see what I could find out about selling them in bulk to a commercial operation. The camera has the wrong date in it. These were taken last October:
Looking down one half:
Then the other half:
They are looking for someone to buy them that has their own equipment and can get in and out quick.

How do you calculate what they are worth wholesale? Where is the best place to market them?


01-04-2007, 06:25 PM
You might check w/ a nursery to see if they might be interrested. Maybe even check w/ some of the larger landscapers in your area.

01-04-2007, 06:31 PM
IF you have the time there is a kentucky tennesse nursery show at the fairgrounds in louisville today and tommorrow, contact some of the nurserys there.

01-04-2007, 07:27 PM
Thanks JB1,
I checked the web site for that event. It's sold out and not open to the general public. Good idea but too late.

Carcrz, your idea is our fall-back position. I don't know if they have a buy/sell network that we could list them on so we could reduce the leg work and only deal with serious inquires?

01-04-2007, 07:36 PM
I would be interested in talking with some one about the stock you have on hand, We a lot of work in the E-town, louisville and Fort Knox area. Please contact me with more info about quanities and availabilty. My Brother will be at the show tommorrow in lousiville maybe he can stop by sometime and check it out.

01-04-2007, 07:53 PM
I have contacted one of my brothers and gave him the email address and phone number off of your web site. I'm not use to this site and didn't find a PM feature or your email address here. Anyway, if you have a better contact method you can contact him at gathomas@trane.com. He will try to meet with your brother tomorrow.

Travel'n Trees
01-04-2007, 09:36 PM
Do you have any numbers of product I have customers back their. That I could come and do it, I have a 28, 42, 65, and 90 in spade. What size of spade are you trying there. Hey Fordsuvparts what size of spades do you got?

01-04-2007, 09:53 PM
Travel'n Trees,
You can contact him at gathomas@trane.com. He has the info you are looking for. He will be checking his messages in the morning. If you don't have any luck post back here and I will get you another contact.

I'm sure there's enough to keep a crew busy for a good while just digging them. But I'm afraid to estimate the numbers. The pictures from the pasture field should give you an idea as to how long the lot is. I think there is maybe 10-12 rows of spruce?

Even though I've dug with the spade I've never measured it and am kinda out of the loop. My hobby is the sawmill.

01-04-2007, 11:20 PM
have one huge auction and auction them off in bunches

01-04-2007, 11:27 PM
try Cents in columbus, OH on Jan. 22, 23, &24.

Go to www.onla.org for more info. There are litterally thousands of people there from all over Midwest.

01-05-2007, 02:50 AM
Hey travel'n we have 2 -42" spades and a partner with a 90" that we use from time to time. We just planted a few more acres of trees about a month ago and will plant a few more every spring and fall/Winter. We just put up our first green house and already have another one ready to go up next week. My Brother and his wife will be at the show tommorow and will be buying a lot of different plant stock, we will have to send a couple of trucks down to pick it up tommorow afternoon.

01-05-2007, 10:05 PM
Try these people:

01-07-2007, 06:51 PM
Thanks for all of your replies. Here is a rough list of the types of trees/shrubs available:

Arborvitae American (tree) 25 3 ft tall
Arborvitae American (tree) 6 ft tall
Arborvitae Globe (shrub) 25 20"- 24" tall
Arborvitae Globe (shrub) 25" -28" tall
Arborvitae Pyramidal (tree) 25 7 ft tall
Arborvitae Pyramidal (tree) 25 8 ft tall
Ash, green 42 1 1/2" to 2" caliper, 6-8 ft tall
Burning Bush (compacta shrub) 150 20 to 24" tall
Dogwood 25 1 1/2" to 2 1/2" caliper, 3 to 6 ft tall
Foster Holley 12 2" to 3" caliper, 7 ft tall
Foster Holley 13 2" to 3" caliper, 8 ft tall
Ginko, biloba 25 5-8 ft
Gum, paper-bark 25 2 1/2" to 3 1/2" caliper, 6 to 10 ft tall
Honey Locust 25 5-8 ft $35 - ea $30 - ea
Maple, red 25 2 1/2" to 3 1/2" caliper, 8-15 ft
Purple Plumb 25 1 1/2" to 2" caliper, 6-8 ft tall
Smoke Tree, purple 75 2" to 3" caliper, 5-6 ft tall
Spruce, Colorado Blue 88 5 ft tall
Spruce, Colorado Blue 54 6 ft tall
Spruce, Colorado Blue 11 7 ft tall
Spruce, Colorado Blue 4 8 ft tall
Spruce, Norway 2 6 ft tall
Spruce, Norway 1 7 ft tall
Yews (taxus shrub) 15 20 to 24" tall

This info is about a year old. All have grown since then. Some have been sold (especially burning bush) and there is another lot of spruce that I suspect they did not include in this inventory. I also suspect this inventory is wrong...there has to be more spruce than listed. I will try to get a rough updated inventory posted here soon. I know they are willing to accept reasonable deals.

01-24-2007, 06:34 PM
Here is a fresh inventory (taken last weekend) of the spruce trees in the field shown in the previous pictures: 71666

It is a text document that should display correctly using Notepad. They thought it would be a good idea to sell them by the row as shown in the inventory but I know they will be flexible.

There is a total of 408 Colorado Blue Spruce and 10 Norway Spruce in that field. They also have another lot about 3 miles away that has 50 spruce trees in it they would like to sell.

More pictures are forthcoming. I also hope to get a fresh inventory of the non-spruce trees soon.

01-26-2007, 12:11 PM
I thought I'd post some more pictures while I'm waiting on my brothers to get the rest of the inventory. These were taken last summer.
Arborvitae Pyramidal:
Purple Smoke Tree:
Sweet Gum:
Green Ash:
Foster Holly:
More Blue Spruce: