It is sometimes necessary to remove a tree from where it stands. For instance, you may need to make changes to your landscape during a home addition or hardscaping project. If the tree is healthy, you may not want to get rid of it, especially when you have an alternative space for it. Or you might be moving to a new address and want to bring your favorite tree with you. In such cases, transplanting the tree may be a viable option.
It’s important to note that transplanting a tree in Caroline County is not easy. Preparations begin the season before and the tree will require lots of attention and care following the transplant. For instance, a transplant may not be successful if you are unable to provide water for the plant for at least a year after you move it. Other considerations need to be made as well:
Tree roots usually extend well beyond the volume of soil that can be moved. It’s therefore important to prune the root beforehand. This gives the cuts sufficient time to heal before transplanting the tree.
Water and nutrients are absorbed by tree roots, but the large roots nearest the tree trunk absorb very little. Tiny feeder roots that extend well beyond the tree perform most of that function. Root pruning stimulates small new feeder roots nearer the trunk. These new roots will be dug up as part of the root ball for transplanting. Root pruning is a familiar practice for bonsai growers. It is also essential when transplanting mature plants. Read more at Lowe’s…
In most cases, root pruning should be done the season before the transplant is performed. For instance, if you plan to replant a tree in the fall, you’ll need to prune the roots in the spring, before new buds show up. If replanting in the spring, prune the roots the previous fall once the leaves have fallen.
As a tree is transplanted, it will undergo some physical damage, reduction in size, and a change in the environment. All these could have a negative impact on the tree’s ability to recover or even survive.
A plant that was newly dug up and moved from one place to the another may show signs of :
- wilting or falling leaves,
- dying branches,
- abrupt fall of flowers or fruit,
- or it might die altogether.
This is called transplant shock. Read more at Nature and Garden…
One of the ways to minimize transplant shock is to minimize the amount of time it takes to remove the tree from its original location and place it in its new space. As soon as the roots are exposed to the air, tiny invisible rootlets immediately start to dry up and dry off. That’s why you need to prepare the new planting hole before you dig up the tree.
It is especially important to pay attention to trees with shallow but far-reaching root systems. For these, you’ll need to dig out a shallower but wider swatch of soil, which can be complicated. At the same time, you can help a replanted tree overcome transplant shock by watering it with sugar water. About 10oz of sugar per gallon of water is recommended.
Transplanting or removing a tree are two activities that require professional assistance. If you require tree removal services in Sparta, look no further than Steadfast Tree Care. We’ll perform safe and affordable tree removal that will leave your yard looking its best. Call us today.