Transplanting a large tree can be a daunting task, but it is possible with the right strategies, patience, and experience. Homeowners can safely move trees with a diameter of 2 inches or less within their own yard. For larger trees, it is best to consult and hire a qualified certified arborist with the right equipment to support the entire length and weight of the tree. The cost of moving or transplanting large trees depends on several factors, such as the size of the tree and the distance it needs to be moved.
Before transplanting, root pruning is recommended, especially in the hot summer months. This helps the tree grow new feeder roots inside the root ball, which improves its chances of survival after transplantation. Some trees can be moved with cranes, while smaller trees can be moved with a tree shovel. When moving a large tree, it is important to remember that cutting too many roots will cause a shock to the transplant that will be too devastating for it to recover.
The key to successfully transplanting a large tree is to help the tree grow roots that can travel with it to its new location. For broadleaf and punched evergreen shrubs and trees, the excavator takes into account the height of the plant when measuring the size of the root ball. Palms are easily transplanted and can be relocated on the ground to their original location with a very good chance of survival. If you are considering moving a tree of any size, work with a company that specializes in this process.
Professionals will be able to help you decide if a tree is a good candidate for a transplant and find the best location for its long-term success.