Moving a Tree Without Killing It: A Step-by-Step Guide

Moving a tree can be a tricky process, but it doesn't have to be. With the right steps and precautions, you can successfully move a tree without killing it. To start, tie the branches with a twine, just like when transporting Christmas trees. Start at the lowest branch and wrap the twine around the tree, guiding the branches upwards as you work.

This not only protects the branches from damage during transport, but also makes it easier to start the tree. Wrap the burlap around the earth ball and tie it around the trunk with string so you can move the tree without disturbing the soil around the root ball. Once you've moved the tree to its new location, it's important to allow it time to adjust. First, allow the high season to arrive on time. Then take measurements and start digging.

After that, water the plants and tie them to the trunk. Now uproot them and place them in a new hole. Finally, place the soil back on its roots and wait for the plant to hold firm. To ensure that your tree survives its relocation, it's important to follow all of the steps before, during and after transplantation. Pruning roots before transplantation can cause serious damage and even kill a tree, so it's important to be patient and take care when completing this step.

Measure the diameter of the trunk and multiply this figure by nine to determine the distance from the tree to prune the roots. Push it down into the ground with a shovel, forming a circle of cuts 10 to 18 inches deep around the tree. You can also use a soft twine to wrap individual branches or wrap the entire tree with a soft net, a material that is commonly used to group evergreen trees before transport. Those considering moving a tree will especially want to consider the approximate weight of the plant and soil. If the trunk of a tree is 2 inches in diameter, then dig a little more than 2 feet down to get the full root ball. In addition, add a thick layer of mulch around the tree, making sure to keep the area near the trunk clear.

This softens the soil, making it easier to cut the soil and remove the tree, and moisturizes the tree so that it is less prone to transplant shock. Evergreens usually work best with a spring transplant, giving them time to grow new roots during the summer. However, with a little patience and time, you can help a tree during its transition by taking care to complete all of these steps before, during and after transplantation. If you're not sure what to do after moving your tree to its new home, consult a professional arborist for guidance on how best to proceed.

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