winter work

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by lawncare18, Feb 8, 2008.

  1. lawncare18

    lawncare18 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Hey Guys.. I saw some landscapers planting and mulching trees today.. temp of about 30 and snow showers... doesnt seem right to me .. I guess more or less is why now?? They were spruce trees and they were mulching them and everything was getn muddy for them. Any of you other guys work in conditions like this all winter long???
  2. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,734

    It is actually a great time to plant trees or larger b&b items. Obviously, if it is SOAKING wet and your landscape work creates a mess, you might want to stop and wait. Installing trees in existing earth is fine- I wouldn't do any major tilling or soil work while it is wet- that's pointless. You'll create compaction and backfilling with junk is a no-no. Plus, mud is no fun to work with!
  3. lawncare18

    lawncare18 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 742

    Just seems to cold and to cold soil temps here anyways to be planting trees??
  4. jbailey52

    jbailey52 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,078

    The plants are used to the cold soil temps :)
  5. ChampionLS

    ChampionLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,066

    What does that have to with making a living?
  6. jbailey52

    jbailey52 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,078

    If your replying to me.. I have no idea what your talking about.
  7. PatriotLandscape

    PatriotLandscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MA
    Posts: 1,209

    Nursery stock is not used to cold AIR they are usually babied in warm weather climates then brought up to the colder climes. No is a marginal time to be planting at best. They will need antidessicant to not have winter injury this spring.
  8. AceFinish

    AceFinish LawnSite Member
    Posts: 98

    Heck yah man if you can work in these conditions and not tear stuff up to bad do it. Income is income in the winter because for the most part the only cash flow right now is probably snow removal and it gets your guys hours. And no snow means no money.

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