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Ball and Burlap Question

Discussion in 'Nurseries and Growers' started by steven_ucf, Apr 4, 2009.

  1. steven_ucf

    steven_ucf LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    Hi, I posted before about a related job. But I have another question. I will have a 44" bobcat tree spade on a T300 for a day. With a crew of 4 guys total, including the guy in the skidsteer. How many evergreen trees do you think I could ball and burlap, tie, and load on a flatbed semi in an 8-hour day. I plan on balling about 1/2 of the trees with a 36" ball. Mostly Pine, Spruce, and Firs

    Thanks in advance for helping a rookie out!
  2. FLCthes4:11-12

    FLCthes4:11-12 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 283

    As always depends. Here in Georgia I can did around 8-10 per hour if you row dig them but you will have the same time or more handling and loading them. How many trees are you looking to dig. Also there are guys around here that will dig for 10 per tree plus materials (basket, burlap, strap)
  3. tenndigger

    tenndigger LawnSite Member
    Messages: 54

    I think that will spend a lot of time tying the tops of the evergreens first. A full 44" ball weighs 1500-1700 lbs and you should get 30-35 per trailer load. A 36" ball weighs 7-800 lbs and 45-50 per load. With a good operator digging 12-15 balls per hour would seem about right. The time to load depends how close you can set your trailer to the field. With the plants close about an hour to load and then 1/2 hour to tarp.
  4. treefarmer

    treefarmer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    It sounds like you haven't done much of this work before, so it will be very slow the first day. Also, you can spend a LOT of time loading trees if the trailer is not close to the trees (and I mean within 150' of your work area). And if your soil is rocky, add time as well.
    But assuming your soil is clean, and you tie the trees up the day before, I'm gonna guess you could get 40 trees dug, balled, crimped, and loaded/tarped in an 8 hour day.

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