Ok, so this new customer wants a dozen Leyland Cypress trees moved about 6 feet or so... They're all between 7 to 10 feet high and I figure they've been growing where they are for about a year, maybe two. Either way, they appear solidly rooted. Now the last two times I moved a plant that's been in the ground for any more than a month, it turned out the root system was a real pita to deal with and I've further learned that the root system is roughly equivalent in size to what's above ground, surely with variations, nevertheless the root system always posed a real PROBLEM whenever I move plants. For this reason, figuring this type of conifer runs around $30 each, I told the customer it would be easier and cheaper to cut and haul the old ones away, and plant new ones... Course she said no, she didn't want that because she doesn't believe in killing a living thing (but then she hasn't heard the price yet, either). ... method 1 So at $30 each times 12 = 400 (with p/up / delivery fee) + cut down and haul old ones = 300 plus labor to plant the new ones and tie each one down = 200 so 900 for this method of cut+haul the old ones and plant new ones. ... or, method 2 ... To UN-earth a dozen trees like this would likely take an hour or two of hard-core digging each, and to move something that likely weighs between 75-200 pounds, well it would take several days or about 18 hours of digging and moving, then re-planting and tieing stakes to them, another 6 hours, so I was thinking 1,500 was about right and unfortunately, no guarantee on survival rate. Is this too far off? On the one hand it sounds way high at $60/hour, but on the other side it's hardly enough to get me motivated for this kind of work... Any input appreciated.