Case Study: Kerfab Materials
Auger Bucket Makes Light Work of Mulch

What happens when you have 30 000 trees to mulch and 250 hectares to cover? Our case study reveals how BurHor Horticultural Services was able to solve their massive mulch problem with the materials auger bucket.

The Customer  

With over 230 sites to manage, BurHor Horticultural Services is a well-known ACT landscaping company that has clients as far south as Albury. Owned and managed by brothers Gary and Mark Burgess, they have over 20 years of experience in landscape design, grounds maintenance, project documentation, tree services, erosion control and other horticultural services.

The Challenge

One of BurHor’s clients is the National Arboretum in Canberra, a renowned natural landmark that features 94 forests of rare, endangered and symbolic trees from around Australia and the world. Set on 250 hectares, it is one of the world’s largest living collections of rare and significant trees. The challenge for BurHor was threefold – how to effectively manage such a large space with large volumes of mulching, placing gypsum and soil placement to be done. It is estimated that the BurHor team needed to mulch around 30 000 trees annually, a massive undertaking that would be impossible to achieve via manual labour.

The Solution

BurHor had used materials placement units such as blower trucks and slinger trucks in the past, but these struggled with the fact that much of the mulch material was unscreened. The raw, unscreened mulch ranged in size from 10mm to 300mm, and when none of the other units was able to perform as required, the company director cast the net wider for more suitable options.

A simple Google search led Gary Burgess to Kerfab’s materials auger bucket, enabling them to directly deliver mulch to the plants rather than take it off-site to remove larger material that bark blowers or the slinger truck were unable to process. The auger bucket meant less labour, minimal damage to the area, reduced equipment overheads and reduced waste – an overall productivity increase of 400%.

Taking advantage of Kerfab’s hire-to-buy option, BurHor was able to trial and assess the auger bucket prior to purchase, ensuring confidence and peace of mind. It attaches easily to their Bobcat S205 skidsteer and their Kubota SVL 75 tracked loader.

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The Result

The materials auger bucket was perfect for dealing with large volumes of unscreened mulch material that comes with maintaining the National Arboretum in Canberra. It’s ability to multi-task is what makes it such a successful option for BurHor, as it can handle a variety of material placement tasks including mulching, placing gypsum and soil distribution. The auger bucket has resulted in massive productivity gains, enabling BurHor to quote cheaper and work faster by reducing labour costs, overheads, noise, compaction and dust.