Tree Transplanting

No matter how much you love trees; there are some situations where you know that they are better suited elsewhere. Maybe they have out-grown the space that they were originally planted in, or maybe they should be among trees of the same kind as they are. In this article, I will talk about a method of safely uprooting a tree and quickly re-planting it elsewhere. Yes, it can be done. If you have removed the tree from the ground along with its roots, it doesn’t have to be the end for it. It still has a second chance in life, a chance to be revived and resume its life elsewhere. When doing this, there are several guidelines that one needs to follow to make sure that uprooting and transporting trees, is safe for the people doing it and the trees as well.


There are some good times of the year to do this and some not-so-ideal times to transplant trees. One of the best times to do this would be when the tree is dormant, and the ground conditions are just right.

Some ideal transporting locations can totally depend on the size and also the species of the tree which is being transplanted. Some trees actually prefer some levels of shade and some sun as well. It is weird that the things that give us shade also need shade. The soil-water content also plays a pivotal role in the location of the re-planting of trees. You should consider the potential height, size of the tree and also the location of home foundations. Power lines and many other factors play an important role in this process.

One of the main things would be the identification of the species of the tree. Some species react better to the transplanting process than others. Elms, red maples, bald cypress, etc. are some of the species that respond great. They have fibrous root systems so you can capture more of it when digging.

The time and budget which is required to transplant a tree successfully must be calculated and confirmed in a timely manner. The tree will surely lose a significant amount of the root system when digging it up. If possible, you should try and prevent this from happening. When the tree is successfully uprooted, you should tie up the crown as much as you can and reduce the breakage of any limbs when you are transporting it.

The tree should be wrapped up in a tarp so that you reduce the wind damage and also moisture loss. When the tree is re-planted, make sure that it is supported until it is firmly taken into the new soil. It should be cared for the first few weeks with a constant supply of water as well.