What To Expect When You Move A Tree
Moving a tree may seem like a daunting task, but with the right preparation, it can be a relatively easy process. Whether you’re moving a tree to a new location in your yard or transporting it to a new home entirely, there are a few things you should keep in mind to ensure a successful move. In this blog post, Treemover.com will cover what you need to know about moving a tree, from choosing the right tree for transport to properly caring for it after the move.
Choosing the Right Tree for Transport
Not all trees are the same when it comes to transport. Some trees, such as deciduous trees, have shallower root systems that make them easier to dig up and move. Other trees, like conifers, have deeper root systems that make them more difficult (but not impossible) to transplant. Before you decide to move a tree, research what type of tree it is and whether or not it’s suitable for transport.
Preparing the Tree for Transport
Once you’ve chosen the right tree for transport, it’s time to get started on the actual process of moving it. The first step is to prepare the tree for transport by excavating the roots and pruning the branches. This will help minimize stress on the tree during transport and make it easier to fit into its new home.
When excavating the roots, be careful not to damage them. Use a spade or shovel to dig around the root ball, being careful not to slice through any roots in the process. Once you’ve loosened the soil around the root ball, you can begin lifting it out of the ground. If you’re having trouble getting the root ball out of the ground, try using a crowbar or garden hose to loosen it further.
Transporting and Planting the Tree
Once you’ve prepared the tree for transport, you’re ready actually to move it. If you’re transporting the tree by car, place it in the bed of a pickup truck or trailer and secure it with ropes or straps so that it doesn’t shift during transit. If you’re transporting the tree by boat or plane, wrap its roots in burlap or another type of breathable material so that they don’t dry out during transit.
When you reach your destination, it’s time to plant your tree in its new home. First, dig a hole that’s twice as wide as your tree’s root ball but no deeper than necessary—you don’t want your tree’s roots to be sitting in waterlogged soil. Once your tree is in place, backfill the hole with soil and water it well.
Moving a tree can look challenging, but with correct preparating, it can be a relatively straightforward process. Keep the tips in this blog post in mind when you’re preparing to move a tree, and you’ll be sure to have a successful transport and transplant.