leyland cypress install

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by sicnj, Nov 15, 2007.

  1. sicnj

    sicnj LawnSite Senior Member
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    I need to install 30 leyland cypress trees as a hedge around a property. one nursary told me to plant 10ft apart. i just read I should space at 6'. Also how would you price this job out paying $40 per tree @ 6'. Thanks in advance
     
  2. Albery's Lawn & Tractor

    Albery's Lawn & Tractor LawnSite Bronze Member
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    6' isn't enough. They'll grow in no time and start to touch killing parts of the tree. What size are they? Whats the soil like? For a 25 gal LL Cypress we get $55 for the tree ($40 my cost) and in easy dig soil $40 per tree but that also includes staking it up. $2,850 would be my bid on 10' center, maybe for a repeat customer $2,500 but I'd make sure to tell them the discount I was giving.
     
  3. sicnj

    sicnj LawnSite Senior Member
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    customers soil is hard and we are going to bring in top soil to amend this problem the tree is a 6 foot tree not sure how many gallons it is. He is having the trees delivered to his house from a local nursary. He lives 40 min away Also customer is a close friend of mine. Who just finished installing 5 new interior doors at my house.
     
  4. Albery's Lawn & Tractor

    Albery's Lawn & Tractor LawnSite Bronze Member
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    With poor soil we mix up petemoss and fresh topsoil. Petemoss isn't much and it works good. If the soil is that bad I'd rent a small backhoe or mini-ex. Might cost $200 for a day but will allow you to finish the entire job in a day. Are you buying the trees or did he? I've put 25 gals tree's in clay type soil and it can take you 45-60 minutes per treejust to dig the dang hole. When we used a backhoe on a large job for the city it took about 3 minutes to dig the holes.
     
  5. sicnj

    sicnj LawnSite Senior Member
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    i believe he said 10 gallon pots @ 6 ft tall, does that make sense? I will have my skid steer to carry materials to the planting spot (soil and trees). I will be there in the morning to check the soil, and mark the spots for the trees. i told him $600 for the days labor @$20 a tree, but i will make him understand if it takes more work bc we can't ge through the soil he is going to have to buck up. I know its not going to be a great paying job but i will have the possibility of putting $350 after expenses in pocket doing a job for a friend. Note that i will have two helpers with me.
     
  6. Albery's Lawn & Tractor

    Albery's Lawn & Tractor LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I've yet to see a FULL LL Cypress that was 6' in less then a 25g pot. Do you have a auger for the skid. If not you guys will be there 2 days easy maybe 3. I like working for friends but not paying them to let me work.
     
  7. tjsquickcuts

    tjsquickcuts LawnSite Senior Member
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    Make sure you bury the root ball deep enough.....petemoss and soil conditioner will be a plus as well. We charge $175 per Leyland installed. LeyLands are not all that easy to plant. We pay $40 bucks for 10 to 12 gals, and our charge doesnt include delivery. I will never ever do anymore work for any family (except mom and granny) or friends.
     
  8. sicnj

    sicnj LawnSite Senior Member
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    no attachments yet. just bought the skid and trailer. now im trying recoup some of the money before i buy anything else. Maybe the are counting the pot in that 6' foot estimate. Your right I can not work for free and when I initially gave him the estimate it was for the smaller 2-3' trees. half the work plus i wasn't planning on staking those.
     
  9. sicnj

    sicnj LawnSite Senior Member
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    tj i like that new bobcat you got.
     
  10. sicnj

    sicnj LawnSite Senior Member
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    thanks albery for all the great info.
     

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