How To Successfully Tackle Tree Transplanting

Posted on August 23, 2019

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Each summer provides us with a new crop of flowers and trees.  Germination is a natural process that takes place typically in the spring once the soil warms.  Thus, come this time of year, we can begin to see newly sprouted trees and flowers in locations we may not like.  However, fall is also the perfect time of year to tackle tree transplanting in Natick, MA, as well as other New England locations.  Although it can be easiest to contact a professional, depending on the size of the tree, you may also be able to tackle the task on your own.  Here are a few helpful tips from our team on how to successfully transplant overgrown, or newly grown, trees.


Select the New Location

If you’ve decided to tackle tree transplanting on your own, there are a few things you’ll need to do beforehand.  For instance, selecting and preparing the new location before you begin digging will allow for a quicker transition and less stress on the tree.  You want to choose a location that provides the proper amount of sunlight for the species of tree at hand.  If your tree prefers full sunlight, you’ll want a spot that receives 6-8 hours of sunlight.  Partial sunlight, or part shade, should receive 4-6 hours.  The next step involves preparing the soil.  Clean away debris and dead leaves, and test the soil for pH. 


Digging the Tree Up

Ideally, the perfect tree is a sapling that is no more than three inches in diameter.  A tree of this description is big enough to withstand the move but small enough to have a compact root system.  If your tree is larger, you may want to consider contacting your local landscaper in MA for assistance.  Some of the best transplantable trees include; oaks, birches, magnolias, and dogwoods.  A few days before the dig, you’ll want to water the base of the tree thoroughly.  This will help clump soil to the root system; creating a ball that is easier to dig up. When estimating the size of the root ball, a rule of thumb is to account ten inches for each inch of the trunk diameter.  Using a round point shovel, you want to dig deep, ensuring no damage to the roots.


The Move

Once your tree has been dug up, carefully lift it by its base.  Placing the tree on a tarp will allow for an easier transport.  Try to avoid shaking up the tree too much as it will loosen the soil and the roots can dry out quicker.  Once in the new location, the tree should be placed in a hole that is two to three times the root ball.  Cover the hole and press down on the soil to remove any air pockets.  Slowly water the tree and add mulch to maintain root moisture. 


For assistance with tree transplanting in Natick MA, or surrounding areas, contact Cataldo Landscaping at 781.304.8900.