Can I Safely Transplant a Tree?

No matter if you have purchased a tree or you want to move a tree from somewhere else in your grounds, resettling a tree is a tough task that calls for concern. If you don’t do exactly the right thing, you might end up killing the tree and throwing away your time, money, and work. In reality, relocating a tree is too unsafe unless you definitely need to do it for safety and security reasons or if the tree really means something to you.

Not all tree transplants will go smoothly. In fact, it is a really hard thing to do and might even kill your tree. That is why many tree care companies won’t even do it. However, we understand that your trees mean something to you and there are times when you want to keep them instead of cutting them down, but they just cannot stay where they are. That is why we try to help people with moving trees as much as possible.

The best opportunity to transfer a tree depends on the tree, where the tree is going to, and the various tools that you have. Nevertheless, there are a few different policies that you may want to think about:

4. Aim for Autumn

  • Tree will set up itself better
  • Soil isn’t too hard
  • Nutrients are plentiful

Most professionals advise planting in the fall because of the temperate temperatures and that is when the ground is still soft enough that you can finagle the tree if need be. Autumn is a somewhat wet period as well, so the tree will get enough moisture. You can also do it in the spring season, though that isn’t optimal.

According to the Clemson Cooperative Extension, “Fall planting allows the carbohydrates produced during the previous growing season to be directed to root growth since there is little demand from the top. This additional growth may lessen the dependency of the plant on supplemental irrigation the following summers.”

3. When It Is Still Small

  • Needs to be tough
  • May need to get rid of some roots
  • Can take a long time

Obviously, you want to move the tree well before it gets too significant. Planting trees for the first time allows you more time, you can plant trees that are much larger that way. However, it is extremely precarious to remove a tree from the earth and then move it to another place once the tree has established itself. You will need to clip away at the roots, which can absolutely do a number on the tree– parts of it may die, it might not be able to get vitamins and mineral and might reject every little thing that you do.

If your tree is quite large and you feel like you have to move it, consulting an expert is the best thing you can do. Trying to work on the task by yourself will just result in you injuring yourself.

According to Gardening Know How, you will be waiting quite some time to move your tree after you make a decision to do it. You have to go through quite a few different steps to get where you want to be– actions that can take up to six months.

2. When The Tree Is Dormant

  • Each tree has a different dormancy period
  • Make sure tree is completely dormant
  • Helps tree develop itself

The absolute best time to plant a tree or a shrub is when it has gone inactive. Throughout this time, the strength of the tree is totally focused on root growth, which of course will help it establish itself.

Talk to an expert to find out when your trees will be dormant. Though they tend to go dormant around the same time, remember that trees are shipped from all over the world so that can really affect the dormancy period.

Another thing you may want to take into consideration when transplanting? The USDA hardiness zone where you’re located will change the dormancy period as well, so talk to contractors at your local nursery when figuring out a planting date.

1. Evergreens– Don’t Wait For the Heatwave

  • Evergreens are durable and can stand up nearly anything
  • Make sure to keep an eye on the tree
  • Do not over water

Transplanting evergreen trees isn’t all that tough, but there are a number of things you do want to consider. According to The Spruce, “While they do not grow as vigorously in winter as in other seasons, they do not undergo the kind of dormancy that deciduous plants do. Thankfully, though, evergreens tend to be tough customers, and this toughness gives you more leeway with them. You can generally undertake the operation earlier in the fall and later in the spring with evergreens than you can with their deciduous counterparts.”

More importantly, you don’t want to do is transplant evergreens when it is too hot. This means you want to avoid all of the summer months. You also may want to stay clear of months where we don’t get a lot of precipitation because evergreens tend to suck up water quite swiftly.

If you want to transplant your trees, you have to do quite a bit before, during, and after to ensure that you have the healthiest possible trees. You could be doing more damage than good if you try to transplant them without knowing what to do, how to do it, or even what tools to use. If your trees are important to you, you should hire a professional team to handle all transplanting.

Our team at Go Green Tree & Landscape has a long history of working with tree transplanting in Missouri, and we understand where to cut the trees, how to move them, and most importantly, when to keep the tree intact. Our experts will show you that it is possible to move trees and keep your them beautiful, healthy, and sturdy for years and years. Give us a call today at (816) 520-4864.

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By | 2018-12-03T16:08:44+00:00 January 16th, 2018|Tree Care|0 Comments

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