12 or 18 Auger for tree and shrub planting

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by TWerner, Dec 22, 2013.

  1. TWerner

    TWerner LawnSite Member
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    I honestly hadn't thought about that. I just want to avoid digging 120 plus holes, and make it easy for my wife to do the same. She will like being able to plant a tree herself.

    Let's say I have someone come out to my house 20 times over the next 2 years, and each time ask them to dig 3 18" holes for trees and 3 for shrubs each time. So 6 holes per visit. No more each time, because I have to run the irrigation hose each time using a modified subsoiler to create the shallow trench.

    My final cost for the Auger will run about $600 over 2 years if I choose to sell it for $300. So 600/20 uses = $30 each. Call it $5/hole. I couldn't hire a pro, but I suppose I could hire someone for $30 for that work. It just doesn't seem appropriate. When I hire a landscaper, I try to minimize their trips out to my place as much as possible, but for this project, we won't be able too.
     
  2. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    FYI we use a 30" for new orchard stock. 18 & 24 are pretty tight.
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  3. TWerner

    TWerner LawnSite Member
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    How big are orchard stock trees?
    I'm only planning to plant 1 - 1 1/2" trees.
    Todd
     
  4. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yup. 30" x 24" deep
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