Tree Relocation and Transplanting
Should you want or require a tree or plant to be relocated, our specialists are equipped to handle the multiple factors that must be acknowledged to safely and successfully transplant your tree. Tree moving takes specialized care and skill to minimize any harmful effects when transplanting the tree.
When transplanting a tree, the rule of thumb is to cut roots no closer to the trunk than a distance equal to three times the trunk’s width. So if the trunk is 10″ in diameter (when measuring 4.5 ft from the ground) then the roots can be cut at a distance of 30″ around. The further out you go, the better it is for the tree.
When preparing your tree for any sort of root cutting or relocation, it’s important to keep the roots well watered. A treatment option we recommend is to apply a Tree Growth Regulator (TGR Type II) to the tree several weeks prior to relocation. The treatment redirects growth from canopy growth to the root system to increase the fibrous root growth, which strengthens tree health and helps to defend against the stress endured during the inevitable root loss that occurs during tree transplanting.
There is some equipment, like tree spades (see video above), that can make transplanting a breeze. However, access and size are two of the biggest limiting factors. If the tree is too large or the access to tight, then most likely the job will require custom boxes and/or a crane.