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Planting BIG Trees & Palms

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Some folks with a BIG budget want to plant BIG trees and palms to start, and there's nothing wrong with that, but it's very expensive for a number of reasons:

  • A professional grower nurtured your large tree or palm for a long time, so you have to pay for years of effort and professional care, e.g. grower may have grown your plant for 10-20 years !!!
  • The equipment required to transport is heavy duty and requires skilled operators who earn big wages for their professional work
  • More equipment is needed to hoist and lower big trees and palms into their new holes
  • Combined equipment charges for one day can easily run $3,000
  • You also need a crew to perfectly prepare each hole and properly plant your new trees
  • Digging BIG holes in your land very often yields surprises, like severing cables, water lines, etc., so more skilled repair people are frequently needed to put things back right

Here are some pictures of an all day effort to plant a single Florida Live Oak here in Fort Lauderdale

Helping dig the hole

EXACTLY measuring hole depth is critical

Here comes the tree from 200 miles away

Crane in picture is rated at 70 tons

Initial coordination of equipment and operators

Unwrapping the oak tree

Preparing to lift the tree off the truck

Lifting tree upright, making sure straps hold well

Crane operator lifts tree off nursery truck

Lowering tree into planting hole

Making sure depth is perfect

Breaking away and removing the lumber pot

Soil and water added

Lots of men, lots of equipment, lots of time to grow, professional work to properly plant.  So, if you're going to get some BIG trees or BIG palms , you might as well get several