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Transplating a weepinmg japense red maple.

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Evan528, Sep 28, 2001.

  1. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,144

    How much would you charge to transplant this weeping japense red maple. How many many hours would you estimate it taking? It was plating in a horrible spot as you can see. I will be moving to the front of the house where I will make it a focal point in the landscape.
  2. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,144

    heres the picture

  3. Stonehenge

    Stonehenge LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 1,277

    If that's the only thing you'll be doing there, charge 'em $200-250. If it's one of many things you're doing there (i.e. $2-3K in work), I'd charge $75-100.

    Either way, do not offer any guarantee on the plant.
  4. fivestarlawnken

    fivestarlawnken LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 438

    150.00 or more depending on caliper etc. Like stonehedge said don't guarantee the transplant,explian what could happen etc.
  5. Cheese burger

    Cheese burger LawnSite Member
    Posts: 33

    I don't know if the price of the job will support the expense, but consider renting an air spade. This would save alot of the roots and make survival more likely. Looks like a nice tree. It would be expensive to replace (tree plus installation). Consider that when pricing transplant.
  6. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,144

    I priced it at 160 dollars and gave him no garentee of its survival.
  7. Kevin M.

    Kevin M. LawnSite Member
    Posts: 137

    I just moved a tree just like that one down here and we charged the guy $ 750 and he didnt blink. We had to dig a massive root ball since this is tree is very specimen tree and it would probably cost in the neighborhood of 2 grand to replace and I also have seen this tree five times in the last eight days and its doing well.
  8. Lanelle

    Lanelle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,361

    Another consideration is doing some root pruning a while prior to actually digging the tree. If the tree is properly, carefully dug and moved, Kevin's price is probably more reflective of the time and effort involved.
  9. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,144

    This tree would only cost about 4-$500 new!
  10. Kevin M.

    Kevin M. LawnSite Member
    Posts: 137

    I have a local wholesale nursery tell me they would charge me about 2 grand for this size tree and because it is cutleaf as well.

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