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Cost to install 6ft white pines ?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by GarPA, May 7, 2003.

  1. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,585

    Have been getting lowballed lately too often on small landscaping jobs. Rarely have I had that problem in my area but its happened 3 times in the past 2 weeks...assuming the prospects are telling me the truth.

    Bidding in installing 15 6 ft white pines in burlap. Trees will be delivered to common area in entrance to new development. I am not involved in purchasing the trees since the homeowner assoc. bought them.....I'm thinking no less than $900. (the ground there is ugly...allot of clay and small rock...mostly fill..from years ago)..What would you bid on this? thanks much...

    (soil amendments also supplied by homeowner assoc.) Trees will not be staked. Their decision not mine.
  2. fblandscape

    fblandscape Banned
    Posts: 776

    Will you have a machine there to dig the holes and place the trees?
  3. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,585

    Fb..I was considering renting one of those small hand held augers...about $75 per day...have not used one before but was told they work pretty well for smaller trees like these.Have never used a Dingo and probably cant cost justify the $200 to rent it for a day..I will have to use a tree cart to move each one into place...have to move each one only about 50 to 75 feet.
  4. ladibugg

    ladibugg LawnSite Member
    Posts: 79

    The ball on a 6 ft pine can easily have a 32 to 36 inches width.

    Would'nt you plan on putting in 48 in wide holes. Can a small auger put in a hole big enough for a 6 ft pine?

    Are you planning on putting them in alone? How big are you? Wrapped in burlap with a wire cage, these trees could weigh as much as 350 lbs.

    Will a small auger even move any of the soil? How hard is the clay? How big are the rocks? Clay and rock is not what these trees want to be planted in. Are you responsible for them when they die?

    One guy with a shovel and a ball cart is going to be there a long time looking at those trees and wondering.

    I would rather get lo balled than take on a high labor job and bust my butt for squat.
  5. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,585

    Ladibugg...I have been putting trees in the ground for for about 20 years. Your comments are all well understood....I have worked with trees larger than these, and installed them with no power tools...so to answer my original question, what would your estimate be?
  6. PAPS

    PAPS LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 404

    If I was you I would charge a (2) man labor rate for 1 day, whatever your hourly rate is per man.

    By the way..if you have been installing trees for over 20 years, like you said... why do you need help or question your price on such a easy estimate?
  7. fblandscape

    fblandscape Banned
    Posts: 776

    Why not just get a mini-x in there, or a small TLB? Dig the holes really fast, use the machine to set the trees...
  8. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    we installed 6 ft whites this past fall. we charged $175 per tree. heavy? oh yea! two of us with shovels and a wheelbarrow. we did 8 of them. plan on digging big holes. it took 6 hrs for pick up , delivery, and instalation, as well as a half yard of mulch to make it look pretty. cost of trees was $60 each.
  9. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
    from nowhere
    Posts: 1,579

    Im with Paps ... at least one long day for 2. I'm more inclined to say 1.5 days x 2men

    I have no idea of the soil conditions ...how tough the digging is.
  10. Doc Pete

    Doc Pete LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,469

    Rule of thumb I've been following is, the price of the hole is equal to the retail price of the shrub. In other words, a $200 shrub is another $200 to install............

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