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mebumich
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 5 Ohio
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2004-07-20          91417


I have three (3) beautiful blue spruce evergreens at the end of my driveway that I would like to remove. Each is about 8-10 feet tall. Initially, I was thinking of yanking them out with my tractor or cutting them down, but then after seeing how much they sell for at local nurseries, I began to wonder. Are trees this large ever sold? Would a local tree removal business be interested in them, so they might remove them for free, in exchange for keeping the trees? Or, should I just start the tractor/chainsaw? Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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Murf
Join Date: Dec 1999
Posts: 7155 Toronto Area, Ontario, Canada
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2004-07-20          91422


I don't know about your local market, but we regularly have 'surplus' trees to move or get rid of.

If they are well shaped and not missing one side from being crowded together a local tree mover will often take them, they usually don't pay much if anything but then they do all the work for you and leave the place real neat too. IF you can have someone else do all the work for you why not?

Call around to several local tree movers, large nurseries and even large landscaping companies.

Best of luck. ....

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yooperpete
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 1413 Northern Michigan
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2004-07-20          91426


About 3 years ago, I had five 8-9' tall bluespruces dug and transported to my Northern Michigan condo from the Indian River area. They cost me $500.00 each and are now about 10-11' tall. I constructed a berm to make a natural barrier. I'm told that I got a deal. They are beautiful.

If your trees are in good condition, full & evenly shaped, you definitely should consider selling them. They can be hand dug with about 5-6' diameter root balls. The balls weigh about 500+ pounds each. I transported them with my 18' flatbed trailer and dropped them in place with my loader and built a berm around them. Another way is with a large tree spade.

You could run an ad in your local paper or post it in the local grocery store. Someone is always looking for some big trees. For pricing, check out what tree farms are getting for them. Spades are easier and less back breaking but expensive to rent.

Most tree guys will tell you not to dig a spruce in late spring when the new growth spurts, that's about end of May. You can then start again in mid-September. That time between you need to be very careful and do lots of watering. If you transport them, cover with a tarp. The wind blowing past the needles when driving down the road for an extended journey can dry the tree out.

Also be careful with the limbs. You will need to tie them up kinda like a Christmas tree during transport. Don't put too much pressure on them. I had a couple limbs die out, but my trees were so thick, it didn't matter.

I took some pictures last week with a regular camera. Will try to post them next week. ....

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beagle
Join Date: Jan 2004
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2004-07-20          91473


Hey yooper, our vacation home is on the Crooked River. Looks like two no-wake zones between us. Nice area.

We would take the trees if they were closer. ....

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