The Largest Tree Ever Transplanted: A Guide to Moving Giant Trees

The largest tree ever transplanted was the Yonggyeri Ginko, a 750-year-old gingko (Gingko biloba) tree measuring 29 m (95 ft 1.73 in) tall, 33 m (108 ft 3.21 in) wide (wingspan), with an estimated weight of 1.250 metric tons (2.75 million pounds) and with a trunk circumference from 13 m (42 ft 7, 81 inches). Transplanting a large tree from the field to the garden can provide a range of benefits, such as immediate shade, a visual focal point and vertical interest. However, it is important to plan well in advance when you are going to transplant a large tree, as the process does not happen overnight. Smaller trees can be moved with a tree shovel, a device that can dig the new hole, as well as excavate and transport the tree. Larger trees may require digging, wrapping, or wrapping the root ball and then transporting it by truck.

Some trees can be moved with cranes. First, teams excavate a large area around the tree and create what is called a “root ball” by attaching the root system of the tree with burlap, wire and plastic. If the tree needs to be removed but cannot be replanted immediately, it will be necessary to place the root ball in a box and store it somewhere while watering it. In some cases, hydraulic techniques have been used to move larger and heavier trees. To do this, dig a trench around the tree forming a circle the right size for the root ball of the tree.

Most companies that specialize in moving trees provide detailed aftercare instructions and will not guarantee any tree moving work if aftercare is not provided exactly to your specifications. For example, a 12-inch (305 mm) diameter tree at the base requires a hole at least 10 to 12 feet (3 to 3.6 m) wide to preserve roots, plus a little more room to pull out and enter the tree. Root pruning encourages new roots to appear near the tree, within the area of the root ball that will travel with the tree. Trees should be monitored for moisture level and fertilized to ensure they thrive. If you are considering moving a tree of any size, work with a company that specializes in this process.

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