What would you use? To move Arborvite?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by sildoc, Oct 10, 2004.

  1. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,925

    Ok Long story short. Neighbor cut down other neighbors 25 foot tall arborvite, 3 to be exact. Well they have 3 that can be transplanted on other side of house. My question is what would you use? I have looked at several options so far but am looking for more info. My problem is the shrubs are so tall that most everything I can find would be hard to ballence them.
    I will see if something wonderfull comes up. If not I will probably let this one go. Also I told them that the transplants would not be guarenteed if they were transplanted so that is known. Neighbor that cut them thinks he can do if for under 300 bucks I told him probably some where around a grand or 2.
  2. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,622

    A tree spade.
  3. ToroMaster

    ToroMaster LawnSite Member
    from Neenah
    Messages: 53

    a trailor tree spade, bobcat tree spade, top kick tree spade, 8000 series tree spade. How big are they? Choose the smallest one that will work. I have heard go things about the trailor spades, you can find one to rent.
  4. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Messages: 1,796

    Depends on large they are. You might want to let an arborist do it though. Could be utility lines there or something. When you get into digging it can turn into a disaster pretty fast.
  5. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    like most lawnboys, arbs have very small balls. dig em, burlap em, put em on a tarp and drag em
  6. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,731

    Yes bobby they are small but at the 25-foot tall range we could be talking 500 pounds when you add in the tree to the root ball. They have to be 4-6 foot balls by the time they get that big. You have to have a lot of extra energy to want to tarp that thing then go back for his 2 brothers.
  7. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    come on now, 4-6 ft? if you're not guarenteeing them, make them into 3 ft balls.
  8. chefdrp

    chefdrp LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,384

    very true on the weight. I did some 10 foot ones and they where very heavy. Bobby might a huge strong guy to want to drag 25 footers. LOL. I had a guy with a bobcat dig them up.
  9. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,925

    Thanks guys. I have been looking for a tree spade but the closesest one that I have found is 250 miles away. Any other Ideas????? I am thinking on passing on this one for the pita factor is becoming greater and greater.

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