My name is Paul Nystrom, ISA-certified Arborist and owner of Just Small Trees. I’ve put together a plan and pricing to replace the trees that have been removed in the Carolina Preserve development. The goal is to have a new tree planted in accordance with arborist standards while leaving a clean site. All you’ll have to do is water.
I looked at 8 homes where trees have been removed. In each case the tree grinding service took the tree down to below the lawn level, which is what I’ve been told was the term of the contract. While new trees are generally recommended to be planted 3 feet to the side of a removed tree, this is a guideline suited for smaller trees with containers under 5 gallons. Because the new trees will be in 20-25 gallon pots, the new holes will be almost 5 feet in diameter. To do this, I plan to use a stump grinder to grind out the remains of the stump as necessary and other tools to remove roots. The new tree will sit on soil, not on top of the old tree. Because the old tree material is being largely removed & disposed of, the new tree can be planted in the same location. It can also be moved left or right up to 3 feet, if you prefer. In most cases, planting in the same hole will give the most room for your tree as it gets older and larger. Trees moved closer to utilities could suffer if those utilities need to be repaired in the future and the tree roots are cut.
In the end, extra soil (a mix of certified compost and NC native topsoil) will be brought in and mixed with the clay soil to make up for the removed material. The extra grinding & digging work and the extra materials is why the price will be higher than my basic tree planting price.
If you decide to use my service, please read:
I may need to meet you to stake the position for the new tree if you are shifting it left or right, but you can also put in your own stake. Then I’ll confirm the position with you by email or phone. I’ll take care of everything else from preparing the planting hole to calling 811 to cleaning up.
I can offer tree planting until the ground gets close to freezing, probably mid-December. After that date, the best practice would be to reserve the tree you want and then plant it in earliest Spring. This way the nursery can take proper care of the plant when the tree isn’t growing.
|Remove large wood chip piles||$50.00||Done anytime|
|Tree hole preparation||included with planting service||Done anytime, I will call 811 first|
|Planting service w/ 1 year warranty||$200.00||Thru mid-December or after March 1st|
Total price = Tree price + Planting service price
AVAILABLE TREES – All Single Stem. Prices are for TREE ONLY:
- ‘Brandywine’ Maple, 25 gallon, $209.00
- ‘Okame’ Cherry, 25 gallon, $218.00
- Kousa Dogwood in Pink (not available locally in needed sizes). Possible substitute ‘Cherokee Brave’ or ‘Rubra’ Dogwood, 20 gallon, $150.00
- ‘Red Rocket’ Crape Myrtle, 25 gallon, $259.00
- ‘Muskogee’ Crape Myrtle, 25 gallon, $226.00
- Fringetree (3 varieties available), 25 gallon, $226.00 – $242.00
If there is another tree variety you’d like, please contact me for availability and price.
HOA Requirements – I cannot take responsibility for meeting HOA requirements, but I will source trees to the requirements you give me or tell you if none are available. The Maple and Cherry will be over 8 feet tall and with a 2 inch caliper. The other trees will be over 8 feet tall and with a 1.5 inch caliper.
Payment – As normal for my company, payment is due upon job completion. If I’m unable to plant your tree before mid-December but I’ve completed preparation work, I’d like to ask for 25% payment for that work and to reserve your tree for 2018.
I want to put in great trees that have great long term prospects. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-521-7651.