Relocating a Tree? Here are Some Tips To Make it Successful
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And this last statement can also be true for your home. You may have planted trees when you were younger but you want to use the space in a different way. This means the tree will have to move- as sad as this may be. But there are some important things we should know about tree relocation. Here you go:
Consider the weight of the project
Tree relocation for mature trees is quite a task and if you want to do this by yourself, you need to prepare adequately. For fully mature trees, you should arm yourself with proper machinery that will be helpful even for excavating the tree from the ground. You should also have a good-sized truck that can support the weight of the tree. Here’s something else you should know:
The project requires root pruning during the season before tree transplanting, digging up the plant to be moved, digging a new planting hole, moving a heavy plant with the root ball attached, positioning the plant and refilling both holes. Providing plant care after the transplant is critical as well. Don’t consider transplanting if you won’t be able to provide water for the plant for at least the first year after transplanting.
Make sure the tree or shrub is a manageable size. Shrubs up to 3 feet tall and trees an inch or less in diameter (measured 6 inches above the soil level) can be moved without digging a solid root ball. These and most plants three to four years old may be moved as bare-root transplants. Larger or older plants will need to be dug and transplanted with the root ball intact. Read more from Lowes…
Root prune your tree
Tree roots can grow quite a distance from the tree, usually much further than can be excavated for tree relocation. For this reason, root pruning is done. Root pruning involves digging a trench around the tree and severing all roots passing through the trench. Pruning the roots in this way encourages feeder roots closer to the trunk to sprout, allowing the tree to survive the relocation.
As a general rule, you should plan on a root ball 12 inches in diameter for every one inch of trunk diameter.
Once it is time to transplant the tree, you will want to tie up the lower branches to protect them and to provide room to dig up the root ball. Dig outside of the trench that was used to prune the roots. After digging down to the desired depth, you can cut in beneath the root ball at about a 45-degree angle. After the root ball has been excavated it should be wrapped in burlap to prevent damage, and to allow watering if the tree will not be replanted immediately. Remember that trees with a root ball can be quite heavy, and larger trees will require machinery to safely move. Read more from Brother Tree…
Water your tree accordingly
A relocated tree needs a lot of care to help it survive. The most important one is watering. Watering should be done in proper intervals. And to help the tree grow, you should avoid overwatering it. It is possible to think the more you water the faster it will grow, but the reality speaks otherwise. If you over-water your tree, it is going to rot rendering the project a failure.
This is one of the most frequently asked questions. New trees should be well watered for at least the first 2 years of root establishment. For the first 3 months it should be about 2x a week, after 3 months about 1x a week. Each watering should be about 2-3 Gallons. Of course, it the weather is usually hot or dry, you’ll need to increase the watering.
The important thing is that the root ball stay moist, but not soggy. Over-watering can be just as detrimental to your tree as under-watering. Read more from A Plus Tree…
All these details will help you when relocating. And it can be time-consuming and expensive when you try to do all this by yourself. But if you call in the professionals like EPS Landscaping and Tree Services, we know ways to help you save money and more importantly time. Call us today and we’ll help you relocate your tree at an affordable cost.