Tree planting on a hill

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by ripple, Mar 27, 2006.

  1. ripple

    ripple LawnSite Member
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    Does there exist a tool for digging holes on a hill?

    The client lives on the down hill side of the road and wants a tree line up by the road...but the hill starts steep about 10' off the road.
    Need to plant 40 trees on this hill so a pick and shovel are out of the question!
    I have used a 30" power auger attachment on a toro compact machine but I think this hill is too steep.
    Any suggestions?
     
  2. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
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    Can you get us a few pictures?A pick and shovel are not out of the question!Sometimes they are the only solution!
     
  3. ripple

    ripple LawnSite Member
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    I will get some pics....but basically its just a road that cuts across a steep hill...and I need to plant trees (6'-8' hemlocks) and 40 of them.
    I was hoping there is some sort of power BOOM auger that I could rent....
     
  4. sheshovel

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    How are they going to hold on the hill once fully mature?
     
  5. ripple

    ripple LawnSite Member
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    If well maintained ie....proper soil when planted, lots of watering, Steaked up for the first year or two....the roots will hold...
     
  6. sheshovel

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    How you going to water them up there?
     
  7. sheshovel

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    In order to plant properly on a steep hill(I do not recommend doing so with trees that will be really big when mature)
    Then you are going to have to dig BACK into the hill to get a good base for a planting hole
     
  8. sheshovel

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  9. sheshovel

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    As you can see this creates a problem cuz rainwater rushes over the top of the rootball from above and scours away the soil aroung the trees roots.This causes them to fail and die usually
     
  10. ripple

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    Hmmmm....I 'll take pics so you can see ...maybe it is too steep...
    thanks for the replies
     

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