Whoops! That perfect spot to plant your tree turned out to be not so ideal after all. Whether you placed your tree in an area that’s no longer compatible with your landscaping, or you’re moving and want to take an important tree with you, sometimes it’s necessary to uproot your saplings. Use these tips from the expert arborists at Tree Service York PA to learn how to transplant a tree successfully.
Consider These Factors Before Transplanting:
How to Transplant a Tree?
So now you’ve done all the preliminary work, investigated the likes and dislikes of your particular tree species, and set your sights on a brand new location for your tree to live out the rest of its days. Now let’s jump to the nitty-gritty of how to actually transplant your tree from one plot of ground to another.
1. Prepare the Roots For Transport
Up to a few days before removal, wet the root area daily to soften the ground.
2. Estimate Root Ball Size
For every inch of the trunk’s diameter, estimate roughly 12 inches of root length. When you begin to dig, you can adjust accordingly.
3. Prepare the New Location
Dig a trench roughly two feet deep and double the width of your estimated root ball size. Don’t dig too deep--you tree should be planted at the same soil level it was. Make sure to moisten the new hole in preparation for its new inhabitant.
4. Time to Dig
First, loosely tie the branches together if necessary. This will help keep them out of your way but will also protect them from breaking during transport. Using a spade, dig a perimeter around the tree using your estimated root ball size as a gauge. Then, with the face of the spade angled away from the roots, carefully dig deeply around the circle. When you hit stray roots, cut them clean. After you’ve cut down around the root ball, carefully dig underneath.
5. Wrap the Root Ball
Lift or tip the tree from under the roots and carefully wrap the entire root ball, dirt and all, into a tarp or piece of burlap. Fasten with rope.
6. Transplant Immediately
Re-plant your tree as soon as possible and water thoroughly to help prevent transplant shock.
Now, treat your tree as you did when you first planted it. Water it diligently and check on it periodically for signs of shock. After a few growing seasons, your tree should be re-established and happily settled in its new location.
Most young trees are hardy and tolerate relocation quite well. However, if you notice any signs of transplant shock, a tree specialist can diagnose the problem and help you get your tree back on track. If you live in the York, PA area, give Tree Service York PA a call. Tree care is our passion: From emergency tree care to storm tree removal and everything in between, we do it all.