Transplanting Arbor Vitae?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by snow4me, Apr 19, 2013.

  1. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    Those power shovels look sweet. So they work well?
     
  2. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
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    They are extremely well built, over built you could say their is nothing cheap about their construction in anyway and they are not light, lets put it this way if their cost was 2x what it is I would still have bought them and I will never be without them. they do the work of 3 men and I charge accordingly I also use them to compact trenches and footings in hardscape.
     
  3. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    Have you ever used them for digging up, splitting and transplanting large ornamental grasses? I've tried doing them by hand before with little success. Sorry to get off topic.
     
  4. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Oh yes !!!! A brutal job done by hand...... the dyna will slice and quarter a ancient mound of maiden grass in a minute this is a great exhample......
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  5. Smallaxe

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    Then the OP has no problem transplanting the bushes...

    All that is necessary is that the OP uses the biggest TOY...

    What does our knowledge of Botany tell us???
     
  6. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Yes your correct he shouldent have a problem.....
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  7. snow4me

    snow4me LawnSite Member
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    Well I got the job done with three guys and a lot of muscle...

    The Dyna-diggr looks like a great tool for the toolbox but at $1,400 I'd have to dig up a lot of trees/ bushes to pay for it.

    Speaking of paying for it I've got a question for Stillwater. How much would you charge for digging and transplanting two 9 foot Arbs?

    We did this job for a friend and it included removing (3) 8 foot bushes and 4 small bush root balls in addition to transplanting the 2 Arbs. I had calculated it to take 3 hours for 3 men to do the job. It was very wet soil and we had a hard time with the first tree so it ended up taking us 5 hours...

    Learned some valuable lessons with this one... I already tried finding a good used Dyna-Diggr on Ebay but there are none for sale. Thanks for the tip on a great tool!
     

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