You may want to transplant your tree if it has outgrown your lawn or if you want to bring it to your new home. Tree Transplantation can be a complicated process. It has to be done right if you want your tree to live a long and healthy life. To ensure its survival, you have to learn the best ways to move the plant and the right time for it.
Here are a few guidelines to help you with safe and successful tree relocation:
1. Transplant healthy plants
If you choose a plant that is struggling to survive, chances of it surviving relocation are minimal. Choose a plant that is healthy and unstressed.
2. Choose the right time
The best time to transplant is early spring or late fall. Plants are dormant during these times of the year which makes it the optimal time for relocation.
3. Watch out for the location
Before transplanting your tree, determine what kind of weather conditions are suitable for it. Relocation is itself a strenuous process for the tree. The last thing you want is to place it beside a plant that craves sunlight while your tree prefers shade. Also understand its spacing and watering requirements and then plant it next to other compatible species.
4. Ready the new hole first!
Never dig out your tree before digging the new hole. Leaving its roots outside the soil for too long lowers chances of successful relocation.
5. Estimate the root ball size
Make the new hole twice the width of the tree’s root-ball and a little shallower in depth. This is important because if the new soil has too much clay, it can lead to puddling and rotting. Making the new hole according to the size of the root ball helps prevent this phenomenon.
6. Avoid breaking up the soil beneath!
Digging deeper and deeper through the new hole will not help the tree’s roots penetrate any further. As a consequence, the tree could sink and invite rot instead.
7. Plant Properly
It is extremely important to plant the tree properly in its new home. A tree that is not planted well will not survive.
8. Fertilize and Water!
After the relocation, it is tempting to over-stimulate your tree with growth-enhancing fertilizers. Don’t give into this temptation! During the relocation process, the roots get compromised. Feeding too much fertilizer in its very first year could jeopardize the tree. Be selective of the substances you give until it has settled fully to the new surroundings.
However, don’t hold back on watering your plant whenever required. Any kind of drought stresses the plant. After it has been planted, make sure to keep the tree hydrated and the soil evenly moist
Many transplanted trees die every year due to improper extraction or installation. Hire a renowned tree service to successfully relocate your tree. Trees Inc of Denton provides the best services in the state of Texas. We take pride in our 35 years of rich experience in providing a wide range of eco-friendly tree services. Together, let us relocate your tree safely! To contact us, click here.