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270 trees in a week?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by dbartok, Feb 7, 2008.

  1. dbartok

    dbartok LawnSite Member
    Posts: 8

    I lined up a job through a family memeber to plant 270 2 1/2 inch street trees but I only have one week to do the job. Can this be done? What I was thinking is I have one bobcat with an auger and would rent one more and use a 6 man crew.

    Bobcat w/ auger go down row and dig holes after there marked
    Bobcat with two laborers place trees in holes
    2 laborers to fill in the holes.

    Does this sound like it may work?
  2. Albery's Lawn & Tractor

    Albery's Lawn & Tractor LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,675

    What do you mean by 2 1/2 inch trees? What pot size would they be? What are soil conditions like? 270 trees in a 5 day week would be 54 per day. So in a 8 hour day could you average nearly 7 trees an hour? Should be possible but will be tight.
  3. dbartok

    dbartok LawnSite Member
    Posts: 8

    by 2 1/2 inch I mean 2 1/2 inch caliper B&B trees
  4. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,219

    not a problem
  5. yamadooski

    yamadooski LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 434

    We did 42 palms in one day and it was only my wife and I.
    Each palm was 14' and 30" rootballs.
  6. lawnMaster5000

    lawnMaster5000 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 589

    That means you will need to be planting a tree every 8.9 minutes. That is pretty fast, especially for the two guys covering the trees, and the guys setting the tree. If you have to move them very far I dont see how it can be done.

    If you are willing to work slightly longer days I dont think it would be a problem.
  7. dbartok

    dbartok LawnSite Member
    Posts: 8

    Yea working long days is not a problem, We have no problem being on site waiting for the sun to come up and not leaving till its too dark to see.

    Thanks for all the replies I was worried about it but now i feel better about the job. And I can always add guys if its not working out to plan the first day.
  8. monty33

    monty33 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 20

    If your numbers are spot on, there is nothing like a tree planting contract. Make sure you have the right amount of labor and backfill material/haul off/equipment to fill the gravy train. Did you use a broker, gentlemen farmer and tree spade, or local nursery to compliment the order? Have you accounted for the b&b dismantling aspect in your production? How will the irrigation role play out? In other words, if you don't mind me asking, how does your cost per tree work out for this contract? Best of luck.
  9. pj550v12

    pj550v12 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 302

    I'd almost consider a two man auger over a bobcat. It really is one way or the other though. Some will say the ease of the bobcat and less fatigue is worth it, I however would say the versitility of moving the auger by hand vs. moving a bobcat is the advantage, time wise.
  10. monty33

    monty33 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 20

    A bobcat will always out produce a two man, hand held auger and will eliminate a dislocated shoulder, especially in large scale applications,imfo.:rolleyes:

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