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Removing Arborvitae

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Yard, Mar 31, 2002.

  1. Yard

    Yard LawnSite Member
    Posts: 129

    I'm bidding on a job where 3 arborvitae have to be removed and replaced with something else. They're about 12' tall and were planted about 7 years ago. What kind of root structure do they have? Do they have a deep tap root similar to a yew? How long do you think it will take to dig them out by hand? Thanks!

    God bless Eric and his family!
  2. PAPS

    PAPS LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 404

    it could take you some time to get them out... I'd figure about 30 mins each on a high end. If the trees were planted recently... then less time... but if the roots have been established... figure on some time to get them out.
  3. tlcservices

    tlcservices LawnSite Member
    from fl
    Posts: 61

    pull the truck up chain em a few select root cuts out they come 5 mins each then to the dump $75.00 each

    DEERETEE LawnSite Member
    from CHICAGO
    Posts: 15

    rent skid steer with a hawk or spade attachment. 5 minutes per tree. if using truck and chain method use a old truck rim at base of tree loop chain over rim this will pull tree straight up.
  5. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,205

    just wrap a chain around em and yank out with the truck. wont take you long at all that way.
  6. Commander

    Commander Banned
    Posts: 116

    I saw your post and your location and was thinkin to myself "this is good!" Then I saw that your trees are only 12 foot tall :( I would have taken them if they were at least 3x that height.

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