The Mini Guide on How to Relocate a Tree

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Some trees are pretty valuable to us. They could be costly, or simply dear to us do to being something we cared for and raised as a sapling.

When we move houses, we obviously want such trees to come with us, but moving a tree is not the same as simply taking a flower out by the roots and replanting it elsewhere.

Younger trees are still somewhat easier to relocate, but larger trees can be a headache to deal with. You might have absolutely no idea how to deal with the situation, but don’t worry, this mini guide will show you how you can successfully relocate trees without much of a hassle. It can be quite a simple process once you know how it works.

Here is a video for you to have a good look at in order to see the entire process with your own eyes so that you know what you’re about to go through.

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Lifting the tree up

For smaller trees, there isn’t much of a hassle. All you need is some large tools and machinery to simply cut the ground around the tree along with the roots of the tree to a certain degree.
Once this is done, what you’ll be doing next is simply loading the tree onto a truck and moving it to the new destination. Then:

  • Dig a large enough hole at the new destination for the tree to be put inside. Try and make the hole   exactly the same size as the extending roots of the tree.
  •  Slide the tree into the hole carefully, and then add more soil on top of it to solidify the placement.
  •  Keep watering regularly so that the roots can start to grow and establish a firm grip onto the soil.

Blowing the soil off the roots

For other trees, it’s a better idea to blow the soil off the roots. You’ll need to hire special personnel for this task. They’ll be using high pressure air blasters to remove the soil from the roots of the tree slowly. The process might take some, but the end results are definitely worth it.

This method is used for larger trees. Once all the soil has been removed from the roots, you’ll be using heavy machinery to lift the tree up.

  • Bring the tree where you want it, and set it down in a reasonable hole. You’ll want to cut free the roots which are tied up to each other in order to help them grow easily.
  • Fill the hole with compost, and once you’ve put the tree in it, add more compost and top soil onto the roots of the tree. The best way to go about it is to add lots of water to make the earth firm.
  • Keep adding more soil and compost until you’re absolutely certain that the tree is deep enough and has enough soil around it to keep it permanently stable.
  • Water the tree at least twice a week for the rest of the season and it’ll naturalize into its new location.