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270 trees in a week?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by dbartok, Feb 7, 2008.

  1. pj550v12

    pj550v12 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 302

    Ehh, I mean 270 is a big number, real big so I know where you're coming from, a lot of it comes down to conditions
  2. Travel'n Trees

    Travel'n Trees LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 631

    six men should be a easy project as long as you use the loader to move the trees.
  3. allinearth

    allinearth LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 614

    It wil take a 36" auger for 2.5" trees. I don't even think that is available in two man. Bobcat is the only way to go in this app. If I can get trees real close to install I have found a mini x to work good for tree placement too.
  4. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    I'd almost get two augers going. a 2.5" tree isn't so bad that it can't be handled from the truck to the ground. Since it along a street you should be able to get the truck right to the hole.

    How are you going to get your water so you can water the tree's in, and do you also need to stake/guy the trees? This all adds time..

    Also keep in mind, don't get to far ahead of yourself with the holes. unless you plan of coning them off or some other method of protections to keep stupid people from falling the holes. a simple 4x8 sheet of plywood is great for this...

    Don't Forget....MISS UTILITY.....

    But if you are going with one auger, and one with forks, Id have one guy drive the truck, one guy in the back, and one guy on the skid loader to unload and place the trees near the hole ahead of the guy on the auger. the two guys with the auger, roll the tree into the hole, back fill straighten and move on.

    then once the load crew has enough trees for the day laid out, they can come back and water/stake the trees.

    The only thing that could screw you up is if the trees are far away from were need to plant them. IE how far do you need to go to pickup the trees for each day? or are they going to be dropped on site. Remember the skidloader can't move as fast as a truck so having it running back and forth from were the trees are being unloaded and loaded could add time.
  5. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,014

    Six guy’s two bobcats that is an easy week all you need is a good leader on that crew.:drinkup:
  6. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    heck if you really want to motivate them, you can put an incetive like 50 cents a tree for each of them if your done in 5 days...or pay them a flat rate of 3 bucks a tree as their pay for the week....

    The key is you have seven days to get all the trees in the ground. so if you can at least do 40 trees a day, your ok...What happens if you go over the deadline. what kind of penalties? What if it rains?, ect, stuff outside your control?
  7. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 19,238

    Im confused it the tree 2" tall or a 2" trunk?

    I once planted 200 pines thae the gov was giving away on my property. They were about 6" tall. I used a pic, just poked a hole and planted the trees. It took less than half a day.
  8. dbartok

    dbartok LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    To answer a few of your questions - We can go over the week limit But are really trying not to, the project is about 3 hours away from the shop so we will be going and getting rooms for the employees and would like to keep this portion of the job in the week time frame.

    This is only one portion - the rest of the job will consist of 1400 shrubs and other trees, around 6,000 bales of pine needles and approximately 500000 sq/ft of sod along with the fine grading (anyone in raleigh want to subcontract some work let me know)

    As far as the watering goes we will be bringing our water trailer with us and taking care of the water and I have a family member in the area who will continue the watering the next few weeks till irrigation gets installed.

    As far as delivery they will come on tractor trailer straight from the grower and will be dropped off in a few spots along the street.

    Has anybody ever used a tree boom before?? Was looking into one but havn't ever seen one in use or tried one myself.
  9. AceFinish

    AceFinish LawnSite Member
    Messages: 98

    Yah man your golden it will move quicker then you think.
  10. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    2.5" caliper....which means the trunk is 2.5" in diameter usually about 8-10 feet tall with the B&B

    Single trunk deciduous trees when you purchase them, they are spec'd by trunk diameter, not my tree height. hence the reference to 2.5" multi stem trees, river birch, crepe myrtles, ect, are spec'd by height... and most evergreens are spec'd by height as well.

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