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Transplanting 6' Hemlocks

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by tjcezar, Oct 2, 2007.

  1. tjcezar

    tjcezar LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Messages: 237

    What is the best way for transplanting 6' Hemlocks (ammendments,etc.). I am looking to give a price and never had to really move such a large tree before. Would you say about 45min per tree (dig and replant)??? Distance between trees is minimul. I use an l3400 Kubota with backhoe. Do not have tree spade but thought maybe I could use pallet forks for getting under root ball. Whats the going price in your area for a transplant like this. All together there are 13 trees but I don't think we will be doing all of them. I will just give them a price per tree.
     
  2. tjcezar

    tjcezar LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Messages: 237

    I was thinking 45min for 2 guys FYI.
     
  3. baddboygeorge

    baddboygeorge LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,249

    I would charge 150 a piece ! there is alot of work there for any less!!see ya have fun George
     
  4. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,462

    rent a spade, I could move 13 6' hemlocks w/ my 33" spade probably in about two to three hours. that includes digging holes for them to be going into. a backhoe is not the answer, its a lot harder on you and the tree
     
  5. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,462

    by the way you would likely charge 200 - 300$/hr for the spade, depending on local.. but now is the time to move them! good luck!
     
  6. tjcezar

    tjcezar LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Messages: 237

    trees were poorly planted so they are barely in the ground. I think they would be easy to get out. I was thinking about $45-60 per tree. Don't really know anyone around here(close) that rents tree spades
     
  7. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,929

    United Rentals will rent them as Skiddy attachments. You could also call Buddies Nursery, State Hill, or Spayds.

    Chris
     
  8. tjcezar

    tjcezar LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Messages: 237

    I am guessing of the 13 trees they will only want to do maybe 5-6 so I dont know if there will be enough $ for the rental but if they wanted to do all of them I might be able to swing it.
     
  9. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,462

    just be gently hemlocks are finicky... well at least here in NC. they probably like it up there
     
  10. tjcezar

    tjcezar LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Messages: 237

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