Autumn is the ideal time to consider relocating a tree. But how much does it cost? It's hard to say without knowing the size of the trees and how close they are growing together. Established tree root systems can have an extensive extension, often equal to twice or triple the height of the tree. If the trees are close enough for their canopies to touch, there is likely a serious mixing of the root systems.
Removing a fairly compact root ball by a tree shovel could damage the root system of the remaining trees. To avoid this, it's recommended to trench or prune roots in early fall for a spring transplant, or up to one year before the contemplated move. Transplanting is a difficult and often expensive process, but it can be very rewarding for those who are passionate about gardening. To relocate a tree, you'll need at least one certified arborist.
The cost of transplanting a tree depends on several factors, which we'll discuss below. One example of relocating a tree is when a company's founder had planted two 25-foot trees and wanted them moved during the expansion of his office. The company was willing to bear the expense of having them relocated, even though it was more than five hundred dollars - an extremely low price unless the two trees were thin sticks. In general, transplanting a tree is an expensive process that requires expertise and specialized equipment. But if you're passionate about gardening and want to relocate a tree, it can be worth it in the end.