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    Default How long does it take to plant a tree...

    ...or 250?

    We need to plant several hundred trees. Being tight I'm looking to buy them in sufficient quantities to take advantage of the volume discounts and to spend enough to get free p&p. We need some sundries as well so I could go for 250 trees and ALL the other bits and pieces in the first order, meaning the next one would have to be all trees, or I could get 350 and some of the other stuff, leaving only 500 for next time (or 450 and 400...)

    It all depends on how many man hours they would take to plant (or whether we could heel them in for a few weeks, in the garden at home, in big bundles, without having to separate them - since we wouldn't have the space to heel them in separately).

    These man hours are for a man in his 60s by the way. They tend to be shorter than average man hours (though still longer than teenager hours )
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    Are they going to be bare root and quite small? I'd probably buy them small enough to be able to use a bulb planter to make the holes.


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    Wow….! So best part of a 1000 trees to plant? Over what sort of area? Is this a hedge, a forest, an orchard or what? If anything larger than ZZ is suggesting I think you’re going to need quite a lot of help (and would offer but I think you’re probably too far away….). The first thing I’d do is re-read the RHS note on planting trees as it’s very good (and had changed recently particularly with regard to artificial feeding)…..
    Trees and shrubs: planting / Royal Horticultural Society

    Time per tree is going to depend on several factors not yet specified, e.g.:
    Type of tree?
    Bareroot?
    Intended purpose?
    Weather?
    Distance to chosen nursery?
    Will they need staking?
    Will they need protection (e.g. against rabbits)?
    Arrangements for watering in early days?
    Machinery available? Manpower available?
    Sounds a great project but don’t let “being tight” end up costing you more because of unforeseen complications (e.g. a sudden foot of snow!)
    Interested to hear more. bb.
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    Watched a program the other week about a tree planting session think it was on country file. Wanting straight lines they marked out with thick twine. Then with a bag of small saplings and a spade each they walked down the line and just cut a T shape with the upright cut last. This was levered with the spade to form a wide slot, the sapling was placed in that slot and the turf heeled back over the roots. It literally took just a couple of minutes each but I am sure they had had a practice first.

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    Yup, bare root. Mostly 40-60cm, with a couple of hundred 60-90 cm. We're waiting for delivery of a 4" diameter auger. Thought we'd take out a spade's width of turf for each one and then we can go back and take out more when we have time, without risking the edge of the spade hitting the trees.

    He says the ground is quite compacted, but the samples he brought me appear to be a sandy loam so it shouldn't be too hard.
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    So they didn't bother removing any turf Colin? That sounds encouraging. Should cut down on the time needed

    We wondered about just making a slit, the way you do for hedging, but weren't sure whether they would establish as well - but if the professionals are doing it...

    He can do the hard work and I'll just pop 'em in
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    No Sylvan they did not seem to remove anything, just made a hole as described above and pushed everything back down. They were planting at the National Forest so I presume they wre under the eye of an expert.

    Don't know what ground prep had been done before hand though remember this was tele. The saplings appeared to be about 300mm to 500mm long.

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