Top 3 Questions About Tree Relocation Answered
In Wellen Park Florida, the Heritage program moved a 100-year-old Oak from its home for the last 100 years to a new place. This was a huge move for the over 50,000-pound tree but it was successful and the tree survived. This is like moving the Trema micrantha in the Tall Cypress Nature Area in Coral Springs.
The Trema micrantha is the 2020 National Champion tree and means a lot to the area. The task would be a momentous one and it would need a lot of professional hands for it. You may be considering tree relocation for your home, but do you have all the facts? Here’s what you need to know:
Can you uproot a mature tree and replant it?
Yes, you can. Tree relocation is a task that has been going on for many years especially with the advent of good machinery. Although young trees can be relocated more easily, if you do it right, your tree can survive. To give the tree a fighting chance, make sure you relocate it with a ball of soil around its roots
Large, established trees have a certain grandeur. Standing proud with their crown high and arms outstretched, they provide your landscape with a unique look, as well as relief from the blaring summer sun. So it would be a shame to lose such a feature if you were to move house. Or perhaps your grand specimen is overshadowing your property, and needs to be relocated to a more suitable area of your lot.
You may be relieved to know mature trees can be moved, depending on the size and health of the tree and as long as you get the professionals to do it (for trees less than 1m tall you generally replant it yourself) as the root ball of the tree will be deceptively heavy, requiring machinery to move.
If you’ve settled in a new place, you can also buy a mature tree and transplant it into your garden. Read more from BHG…
What should I consider before relocating my tree?
One big factor you need to consider is the season you are moving the tree. For areas that have frozen ground during winter, it will be next to impossible to do so. Otherwise, the tree will die. The best times are autumn and early spring. You should also look at your level of expertise. If you’ve never done this, you might need to call in a professional to do it for you.
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…
How do I maintain a relocated tree?
Now that you have relocated the tree, the major work is actually ensuring the tree survives. The most important thing you will be doing is watering the tree to ensure it doesn’t dry out. Of course you do this with moderation otherwise the tree will have too much water and it will also die. You should also avoid fertilizing the tree until it is fully settled in.
Ensure the tree gets enough water in relation to the climate, soil type, and rainfall levels. Generally, home gardeners should plan to water the tree deeply and regularly in the first few weeks. Apply water slowly with a drip system or low-flow emitter to ensure the water trickles down to the feeder roots.
Transplanted trees typically need more water than normal in the first year of recovery from the move. Avoid overwatering to the point of soggy soil. Refrain from fertilizing the tree for at least one year; you want the tree to concentrate its energy on rebuilding a root system instead of producing new growth.
Be patient as the tree recovers; it will not produce much growth in its first season in the new home. But with some planning and thoughtful care, you’ll be able to enjoy your transplanted tree in its new location for many years to come. Read more from Bobvila…
In Coral Springs, your tree relocation expert is EPS Landscaping and Tree Services. We have mastered the craft of tree relocation, trimming, and pruning. Call us today for professional work.