Beware Of Transplant Shock As Your Relocate Your Tree
Fort Lauderdale is such an amazing place, and it is even referred to as “Venice of America”. What makes it such an extraordinary place is its magnificent beaches. They are the perfect holiday destination for you and your family during the upcoming Spring Break. It is also rich in arts and culture, giving you the much-needed connection with artistic skills in their various forms. You can never have a dull moment at Fort Lauderdale also because there are lots of interesting events on the calendar.
But as exciting as Fort Lauderdale is, you may experience a culture shock if you aren’t a resident. The local people’s way of doing things may surprise you. Similarly, when you relocate a tree, it experiences transplant shock. This post will explore this concern and how you can help your tree recover.
What is transplant shock?
It is the stress that a tree goes through when it is moved from one place to the other. The process of adjusting to the new location needs to be smooth. If not, transplant shock can lead to tree diseases and eventual death.
When a tree is uprooted from the ground at a nursery, potted up, transported and replanted in your backyard, it will undergo a period of stress called transplant shock. Trees communicate this stress through a range of physical cues, which may become severe in certain cases…
During this time, root damage and changing environmental conditions are the two main sources of stress – or shock – for a tree…
After planting, a tree can communicate transplant shock in a number of ways including wilting or falling leaves, premature fall colour, dying branches and, in serious cases, death. Transplant shock can also make a newly planted tree more susceptible to pests and diseases. Read more at Your Leaf
The last thing you’d want to see is your tree drying up and dying. So, what should you do?
Handle the transplant shock wisely
Although transplant shock is inevitable, you aren’t helpless. For landscape trees and shrubs, here are some helpful tips to implement:
Unfortunately, root stresses do not have a good remedy. Mulch is an important part of planting and caring for landscape trees and shrubs. Maintain a 2- to 3-inch mulch layer of pine straw or wood chips to conserve soil moisture. Dead branches that result from transplant shock should be pruned out as needed. Note that adding fertilizer can actually stress new plants further by forcing new growth that the roots are not yet able to sustain.
In most situations, it is best to replace the plant once you experience more than 50% dieback. Also, realize that even if a plant “survives” transplant shock, it will continue to be stunted or stressed for several years and may never reach its fullest potential, If you do decide to replace the plant, wait until fall or early winter, the best time to plant. Read more at CAES Newswire
In some cases, your tree may be beyond remedy. That’s the risk that comes with transplanting. But if you do yours well, you may get good results.
Transplant at the right time
Just as you wouldn’t just go on any trip at any time of the year, even trees have appropriate times for transplanting or relocating. Here are some ideas:
Move a deciduous tree in early spring before it begins to leaf out or early fall after the leaves begin to turn color. Don’t move evergreens during a growth flush or in the fall when it’s too late for them to become established before winter weather arrives. Late summer is usually a good time to move evergreens.
Tree and shrub roots extend well beyond the volume of soil that you will be able to move. Prune the roots to a manageable size well in advance so the cuts will have time to heal before transplanting trees and shrubs. If you plan to transplant in the spring, prune the roots in the fall, after the leaves drop. If you want to transplant in the fall, prune the roots in the spring before the leaf and flower buds begin to swell. Read more at Gardening Know How
Timing is everything. Don’t just wake up one day and decide your tree needs to move. Be gentle and handle it with care.
On the other hand, you can entrust your tree relocation project to the experts. EPS Landscaping and Tree Service is the company to work with for all your landscaping needs. Call us today to have your questions answered and you’ll be on your way to a better-looking yard this year!