Safely Transplanting A Tree

If you are moving to a new home and you have a sentimental tree that you cannot bear to leave on your old property, you may have considered bringing it along with you. Transplanting a tree can be accomplished if you take safety precautions to make sure it does not go into shock from the change in conditions. Here are some instructions to follow when transplanting a tree from one property to another.

Consider The Timing

Moving a tree during winter is best as it is dormant, making it less likely to die from the move. If you try moving a tree after it has started budding in the spring or summer, it is more at risk for shock. If you are moving in warmer months, ask the new owner if you can come back for your tree the following winter. If they are not agreeable, you may have to leave you tree behind if you do not wish to put it at risk for dying due to the move.

Preparing The New Home

Before you move your tree you need to prepare the spot you will be moving it to. Look for an area on your new property that is away from other trees and power lines. Make sure it has enough sunlight and that the soil is not too rocky. Dig a hole and fill it with water the day before you intend on moving the tree so the ground is already moistened for when it arrives.

Removing The Tree

When it comes time to remove your tree, dig around the perimeter of the stump. Use an ax to break any roots that are too large to remove along with the tree. Have a friend or two help you gently drop the tree to the ground so you can prepare the root ball for transport. Wrap a piece of wet burlap around the root ball and tie it in place using a piece of twine or rope. Use a pickup truck or larger vehicle to tie your tree to the top of to transport it to the new property.

Placing The Tree

When you get to your new home, untie the tree from your vehicle and remove the burlap wrap from the roots. Place the root ball into the hole you had dug and replace the soil around the tree. Place some mulch around the circumference of the tree to help keep the ground moist and to insulate the ground. Visit for more information.