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Tips For Transplanting a Tree

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Tips For Transplanting a Tree

Trees can add curb appeal and value to your property. Sometimes after a tree is planted, it needs to be moved to another spot in your yard. This can be due to a construction project, bad soil, or water conditions where it is currently planted. Here are some tips if you are looking to transplant a tree:

Prune The Roots

The process for transplanting a tree begins when you prune the roots. By pruning the roots, you are encouraging the growth of new feeder roots that are close to the base of the tree. These feeder roots absorb nutrients and water to keep the tree healthy. If you want to transplant your tree in the fall, prune the roots in the spring. The transplanting process actually takes months.

Water and Calculate

The day before moving the tree, you should make sure it is getting extra water. Watering it will help the soil stick to the roots. After the tree is properly watered, you should calculate how much of the root ball you need to prune. The root ball should be one foot in width for every inch of the thickness of the trunk.

Cut a Trench

After calculating the size of the root ball, it’s time to make a trench. Make sure to cut into the existing roots that go past the circumference. Fill the trench with soil and carefully place subsoil underneath the topsoil. 

Transplant Your Tree

Make sure your tree is healthy enough before moving it from the existing spot. If the tree is sick or in bad condition, it might not survive the transplant. Hold off on moving it until it is in good condition. 

Choosing a Location

Make sure the new spot you choose for your tree will help it thrive. It should have enough room to grow, proper sunlight, and good soil conditions. Different trees have certain requirements, so make sure you research beforehand.

Dig a Hole and Sever The Roots

Dig a hole for your tree large enough that the feeder roots have enough room to spread out. Then dig your tree out of the exiting spot by severing the roots. Place burlap around the roots and carry the tree to its new home. Fill your tree’s new hole with soil, and you have a transplanted tree! 

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The tree and crane experts at Dudley Tree are here to make sure your trees are taken care of. We provide pruning, tree removal, stump grinding, and more! Contact us to learn more about our tree and crane services in Haverhill, MA. Call us today or send us a message through our contact form to reach our experts.


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