I finally got my saguaros removed. Well, I only had 5 of them removed. I have many more on my property. The ones I had removed were in the way of where I want to put a round pen and horse stalls. It took quite a few phone calls to find someone willing to pay me for them. Many of the landscapers I called wanted to charge me! Saguaros are protected in the state of Arizona and it is illegal to move them without a permit. Many people who live in the city want them in their yards and will often pay landscapers quite a bit of money for them so there was no way I was giving them up for free. Then I found "Cactus Deb". She offered me $10 a foot for them and she would get the permits and move them. I had a total of 35 feet of cactus removed. They were all fairly small and were what are called "spears", meaning they have no arms. While they may be small they are very heavy since they are full of water.
This was the largest one weighing in at approximately 1,100 pounds. Where they wrap the ropes around it is first wrapped with carpet. The needles are sharp but the actually flesh is tender so the carpet protects it.
A cradle that also has carpet on it is placed on the side it will be laid on.
The roots are very shallow so very little digging will release the cactus from the soil.
Once the cactus is laid on the truck the tap root is severed.
It is then pushed up onto the truck bed.
Repeat the process.
This is the tag that must be affixed to each saguaro being transported.
The 3 largest all packed up and ready to go. They weighed (left to right) 900, 1,100 and 800 pounds.
The little 2 foot baby is rolled in carpet on the front and Deb will be back to get the little 5 foot one.
Depending on time and weather I should get my round pen and stalls up within a month. Yay!!