Transplanting A Tree To A New Spot In Your Yard

7 August 2015
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If you have a tree in your yard that is becoming dangerously close to power lines, you will want to work on having it taken away from the area before it grows any taller so you do not suffer from unannounced power outages or other electrical problems because of downed limbs. One option is to remove the tree via a service like the one found here: However, if you do not wish to have the tree chopped down because you want to keep it alive, there is a possibility it can be transplanted to another area in your yard. Here are some instructions for you to follow when attempting to transplant a tree on your own.

Find A Better Area

Look around your yard for a spot where the tree can continue to grow without hindering your home in any way. Place it in an area away from other trees so it will not need to fight for adequate moisture to survive. Try finding a spot with soil similar to what it is currently growing out of to make the transition a bit easier.

Know When To Move

Trees can go into shock if they are moved after they have started budding in springtime. It is best to move a tree when it is in a dormant state. Most trees are dormant from late autumn and throughout the winter. Wait until weather is cold, but when there is no snow or ice on the ground, to move your tree.

Prepare The New Spot

Dig a deep hole where you wish to place your tree. Measure the width of the tree and add a foot or two to the width of the hole you dig to make sure you have enough room to adjust the tree so its roots will stay contained after you place it. The day before you intend to move the tree, fill the hole with water so the ground will be saturated when the tree is placed.

Moving The Tree

Dig your tree out of the ground using a shovel. Have several friends to help you keep the tree from toppling as you dig. Use an ax to cut any larger roots away from the tree. Since you are not moving very far to transplant the tree, it will not be necessary to wrap the root ball with wet burlap. If you were moving the tree to another location, this would be an important step in keeping the tree alive as it is transported.

Have your friends help you bring the tree to its new location and place into the hole. Fill the gap around the tree with the dirt you had removed the day prior. Sprinkle a layer of mulch around the tree to help keep moisture contained underneath the ground.