How Much Does It Cost to Move a Tree with a Tree Shovel?

Moving a tree with a tree shovel can be a tricky and expensive process, depending on the size of the tree and the conditions of the site. For example, a 25-foot tree may cost five hundred dollars to move, but this could be an extremely low price if the two trees are thin sticks. Established tree root systems can have an extensive extension, far beyond the drip line in most cases, often equal to twice or triple the height of the tree. If the trees are close enough for their canopies to touch, then there is likely a serious mixing of the root systems and removing a fairly compact root ball by a tree shovel could damage the root system of the remaining trees.

In order to minimize damage and ensure successful transplantation, it is recommended to trench or prune roots in early fall for a spring transplant or with even older and more established trees (such as OPs), up to one year before the contemplated move. Transplanted trees from 8 to 10 inches in gauge can be planted with traditional methods with tree shovel machines and by hand for smaller caliber trees. When looking for a company to move a tree, it is important to research local tree service companies and verify that they are licensed, insured, and accredited. Additionally, it is important to consider that if neighbors help pay for the removal of the trees and die, it may cause discord between you.

In rare circumstances, if site accessibility is poor and a tree shovel cannot be properly accessed, a crane will be needed to remove the tree. When moving large trees, it is important to spread awareness about tree transplantation. Anyone who wants a tree, or owns an unwanted tree, or knows someone who loves or owns a tree, is a potential customer. Furthermore, trees in parks further enhance community values and provide places for pleasure, recreation and celebration.

Finally, consider that if you are moving a 50-foot tall tree located between a parking lot and a main street that runs parallel to the state capital, then you may need to use a crane instead of a tree shovel due to poor site accessibility. It is also important to worry about the remaining tree before you move the others, before the first team or truck arrives on site.

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