Relocating a tree is no easy feat. It requires a great deal of preparation and expertise to ensure the tree is successfully transplanted. The process begins several months before the actual relocation with root pruning, which encourages the growth of new feeder roots closer to the base of the tree. This helps the tree better adapt to its new location.
When it comes to transplanting a tree, species and size are the first components to analyze. Trees with a trunk diameter (gauge) less than 10 can be moved with a shovel, while larger trees require heavy equipment and labor. It's important to note that young trees relocate better than more established ones, which are more difficult to move, especially if they have been in one place for more than five years. The process of relocating a tree involves pruning roots, digging up the plant, digging a new planting hole, moving a heavy plant with the root ball attached, placing the plant and filling both holes.
It's also essential to provide care for plants after transplanting. Before transplanting, it's important to get rid of any large or hard stones in the hole and add a thick layer of well-rotted compost or manure so that the roots of the trees receive a good supply of nutrients. If the ground is frozen, it will be impossible to move the trees in winter. The cost of relocating a tree depends on its size and species, as well as the complexity of the project.
It's recommended to enlist the help of an experienced certified arborist if you feel uncomfortable with the task. Specializing in landscape design and installation, hardscapes, sprinkler maintenance, installation and repair, tree pruning, tree moving and tree appraisals, certified arborists can help you successfully relocate your tree.