I'm looking to plant about 40 Norway spruce one weekend this spring, and fishing for opinions on what equipment will get it done with the least pain to me and my wallet. The trees will likely be 5 footers with 24" diameter x 18" high balls. Options considered are: 1. Hire out the entire job. 2. Hire out just the digging portion of the job. 3. Rent a tree spade. 4. Rent a skid steer with a 36" or 48" auger (if I can even find one local). 5. Buy or rent a smaller PTO auger for my Deere 855 (25 hp CUT with class 1 hitch). If I use a smaller auger on the Deere (what diameter can you drive with 19 hp at the PTO?), I would be drilling several smaller holes at each planting, and then cleaning out with a hand shovel. Lots of work, but if I owned the auger, I could spread the work out over a few days or weekends. In all cases (unless I hire out the entire job), I could move the trees around using the front end loader on my Deere. If I don't have an auger on the Deere, I could also move an extra tree or two in each trip across the property using a platform on the rear 3-point. I have no idea what hiring out part or all of this job would cost, nor a great feel for how much of my time any of the options above might require.