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$25 an inch to plant a tree.

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by drsogr, Feb 16, 2006.

  1. drsogr

    drsogr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,275

    I got a price list from a start up nursery on trees. Their prices on trees seam real comparible to what I have been paying. The thing that got me though, it said that they charge $25 an inch to plant a tree! Anyone ever plant a tree this cheap. Most of the trees they sell are 2" or 3." I was so blown away that I called the guy and asked him about it. He said that is what they are charging. I told him that I would hire him to plant my trees for me. I can't even do it that cheap. By time you figure in labor and travel.
  2. cleancutccl

    cleancutccl LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 698

    That is really cheap, I usually am about 200 in labor to plant a tree. Or more, depends on the tree.
  3. jeffhendrix

    jeffhendrix LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    That is very cheap, I just planted a 5 1/2 in calp. live oak and charged $775 for the labor.
  4. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    Did they mean an inch in caliper or an inch in the soil depth?
  5. drsogr

    drsogr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,275

    No they meant an inch in caliper! I talked to him!
  6. Mike_NTx

    Mike_NTx LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    Sounds too good to be true. If it is however, have him do your trees. I charge $100 per inch plus cost of tree.
  7. baddboygeorge

    baddboygeorge LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,249

    they'll be out of business before summer i guess they offer free delivery as well!!
  8. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,570

    lol, that would mean $300.00 for a 15 gallon plant.


    sounds like you nw have a good sub for tree planting
  9. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,794

    I don't do planting, but your saying that charging $900 to plan a 36" tree is cheap?

    I've planted tree's that size for myself and it took less than a hour counting going and getting it.

    Personally, I'd work for $900 a hour plus the markup on the tree.

    Or maybe I'm missing something?

    hahaha...Nevermind, I just reread and realized you were talking about width not height.


  10. drsogr

    drsogr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,275

    LOL tree size is measured in this case by caliper. Diameter of the trunk.

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