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8-10' tree planting in yard w/ 36" gates lol

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Ramairfreak98ss, Apr 19, 2006.

  1. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,210

    Theyre wrapped in burlap, 4' wide balls on them. Whats the easiest way or machine to use to dig holes large enough for these? I cant get even a garden tractor back there or bobcat or anything. whats the next best thing?

    I have a customer, that already bought 8 trees, he currently has some cheap 4' tall evergreens in the back yard, im removing 8 and installing 8 much larger trees NOT in the same hole, thus needing to dig probably by hand 8 large holes. What should i charge JUST for labor ?

    The soil probably isnt digging friendly, lot of NJ junk clay/small rock soil.
  2. all ferris

    all ferris LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,309

    dismantle the fence and figure it in your bid.
  3. mow king

    mow king LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 571


    Call up your local rental center. My local nations rent, rents out Takeuchi TB007 Mini Excavators. This unit is 36 inches wide and is designed for going through gates/doorways/etc.
  4. rluscomb

    rluscomb LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    its called a shovel, depending on nationality it can be operated fairly inexpensively and very efficiently
  5. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,177

    A super mini-x. Thats your best choice. Plus removing the fence. If the hole is bigger 18" by 18" out comes the mini-x
  6. southernlandscapespecial

    southernlandscapespecial LawnSite Member
    Messages: 118

    You can also use a one or two man auger, just make several holes then scoop out with a shovel.
  7. desertrat

    desertrat LawnSite Member
    Messages: 86

    We do it all the time. The Bosc jackhammer. One guy jacks, one guys remove soil. Around here all the ground is horrible, so we dig everything with a jackhammer. Holes are dug the size of the root ball and stuck in the ground, watered, and we are done.
  8. phototropic1

    phototropic1 LawnSite Member
    from MS
    Messages: 118

    I think dismantling the fence and figuring that into your bid will be necessary. You would be hard pressed to get a 48" wide root ball through a 36" wide gate no matter how you dig the hole. The mini-ex's are great, but a 4' wide ball is likely to be really heavy. I'm not sure that tiny mini-ex can lift a tree that size high enough to get over the fence.
    So........dismantle fence. Rent min-ex to dig holes and place trees (use a specially designed tree strap or sling). Figure all of that into your costs. Have fun! Instant trees are great!!!
  9. ElephantNest

    ElephantNest LawnSite Bronze Member
    from La.
    Messages: 1,878

    Get or rent a Toro Dingo. It will fit through a 36" gate, and you can lift the trees over the fence while going through the gate. I guess depending on the weight of the trees, but it sounds like the Dingo would do fine.
  10. wurkn with amish

    wurkn with amish LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 662

    get a tree handler and a couple shovels, might sound old fashioned but it works!

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