What size tree can I transplant?

Make sure the tree or shrub is a manageable size. 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. 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.

The cost of moving a tree depends on several factors, including the size, the distance it must travel, and the topography of the site. The key to successfully transplanting a large tree is to help the tree grow roots that can travel with it to its new location. Often, the tree is growing in an “inconvenient” place for the project and the conservation of the tree is desirable, politically expedient or required by local ordinance. The cost of moving or transplanting large trees is hard to guess without first considering some key factors.

Then the entire mechanism is lifted to lift the tree and the cone-shaped root ball from the ground, which can weigh several tons. In some cases, circumstances such as the slope of the land or the proximity of the tree to a house can make moving prohibitive. The big difference between moving a smaller tree and a larger one is the equipment needed for the job. Start pruning the roots by marking a circle of the desired ball size around the tree or shrub, and then dig a trench just outside the circle.

AKRON, Ohio A month ago, there was no tree where Bill and Tammy Wardle's entrance turned off Columbia Road. Trees that are difficult to move (beech, walnut, sweet gum, hornbeam, sassafras, tupelo, walnut and white oak) need larger brushes than trees that are easy to transplant. The company claims a 98 percent success rate, although Cox insists that it has never lost a large tree that it has moved.

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