If your tree has grown from a tiny sapling into a full-fledged young tree, the thought of moving it may be frightening. After all that hard work, the thought of harming your tree’s roots can cause a lot of stress. Unfortunately, there are times when a tree does need to be replanted. Perhaps you started the tree in a container and you need to place it into its permanent location. Maybe you’re renovating your home’s landscaping and you need it to be in a different area of your yard, or your new deck, swimming pool, or playground area needs to be constructed in the space your young tree currently occupies. Regardless of the reason, the fall season can be a great time for successfully transporting your tree from one place to another without causing extensive shock or damage. If the replanting is performed carefully, once the leaves have fallen from its branches, you may be able to move your tree and establish it in its new location before the freezing temperatures of winter arrive.
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Dig the Hole Before Uprooting the Tree
It’s important that you determine your new location ahead of time. It may be tempting to just start digging up your tree’s roots, but thorough planning is necessary to reduce potential problems. Keep in mind that as soon as your tree’s roots are unearthed, the clock starts ticking. The longer the roots are exposed, the more likely that things will go wrong. Choose your new location carefully, ensuring that it is the right distance away from your concrete foundation, plumbing, electrical lines or any permanent structure that could encounter the tree’s branches or roots when it reaches maturity. The hole should be twice the size of your tree’s root ball. Avoid breaking up the soil beneath the new spot, or the tree could sink as it grows.
Carefully Remove the Tree from Its Current Home
Begin removing your tree from the ground by gently digging around the outside perimeter of the tree’s roots. Starting at the base of the trunk could cause you to damage important root systems. After you have removed the soil from the sides, you can carefully slide the shovel beneath the root ball, and place it into the container or tarp that will be used for transport.
Replant and Water
Cautiously place the root ball into the prepared hole, making sure it stays standing upright and straight. Place soil into the hole to cover the roots, and firmly tamp it down to eliminate air pockets. Water the surrounding dirt well and add a 2 to 3-inch layer of mulch around the sides of the tree. Keep mulch away from the trunk itself, or you could constrict air circulation and encourage pests.
Continue Monitoring for Signs of Trouble
Keep watering and trimming the tree as needed, keeping a watchful eye for signs of problems. Since you’re planting in the fall, you’ll need to carefully observe the growth of leaves and blooms that appear in the spring. If you notice a drastic reduction in new growth, yellowing leaves, or other negative symptoms, be sure to contact a certified arborist in your area to discuss your trees symptoms and why it isn’t successfully adapting to its new location.
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