Shrubs up to 3 feet tall and trees one inch or less in diameter (measured 6 inches above ground level) can be moved without digging a solid root ball. These and most three- to four-year-old plants can be transferred as bare root transplants. Typically, a homeowner can safely move a tree that has a diameter of 2 inches or less within their own yard. Above 4 inches should be handled by professionals.
Species and size are the first components we analyze, as they will tell us what we need to know to use the best methods. Generally speaking, any tree with a trunk diameter (gauge) less than 10 can be moved with a shovel. Whatever we can't move with a shovel, we'll use old labor and heavy equipment to dig and transport it. 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. Companies like Davey and Big Trees can move trees with logs up to 9 inches in diameter, about 30 feet tall, using their truck-mounted shovels. However, these are practically Charlie Brown trees compared to the monsters that Davey's affiliate, National Shade, drags from one place to another.
The big difference between moving a smaller tree and a larger one is the equipment needed for the job. However, although the procedure is painless, many large trees end up in the chimney just because many people don't know that they can be moved for reasons such as giving way to construction. Trees take some time to mature and provide their full potential for shade, beauty and other environmental benefits. Most trees will be transplanted and adapted to new environments over time if given proper time and care, irrigation, fertilization and preparatory root pruning prior to transplantation.
While most trees require you to dig large portions of their root ball when moving them, palm trees are a little different. Depending on the size of the smaller trees, they can be excavated and moved with anything from digging shovels to tree shovels. It's alone in the middle of your yard and you want to bring it closer to your fence to block the view of the road and closer to other tree friends. The timing of this usually equates to fall or winter, but different trees have some preferences and local climatic factors, such as annual rainfall patterns, snow cover, and frozen ground, should also be taken into account.
This is why when mature trees grow to a point where they get in the way of developing or building the landscape on your property, you can do anything to maintain them. Then we will transport all the earth from the excavated site back to the original location of the tree and fill it up. 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 the tree will need to be stored somewhere and watered.