Removing or replanting a tree can be challenging, depending on its size. However, if you follow the steps below, you will be successful in removing or replanting your tree.
Keep in mind that the entire process can’t be done in a single day, and if the transplant is urgent, you should consider hiring an arborist to remove and replant a tree. Don’t be afraid to contact us!
How to remove a tree
The first step in the process is to check the tree’s health. The last thing you want is to go through all the effort of prepping the new area for the transplant only to discover that the tree is dead and unsavable.
Clear indications of a dying plant that may just need outright tree removal are sticks, leaves, or bark falling out. In addition, visible fungus, rotting, and a leaning tree are all signs that the tree is dying or dead.
Step 1: Water the soil around the tree a day before you start pruning. This helps loosen the soil, which makes it easier to dig out.
Step 2: Scout for a new location to replant the tree and start digging a hole two to three times wider than the tree. Some trees have environmental requirements for them to thrive, like certain amounts of sun exposure, water, etc. It’s important to conduct proper research before finalizing your decision.
Step 3: Start digging around the tree using a shovel, but separate the topsoil from the subsoil. Don’t get rid of the soil as you will be using it later! Keep digging until you get about one to three feet deep. The hole should be the size of the root ball. Start to dig under the root ball as this will allow you to lift the tree out of the ground.
After loosening the grip of the root ball, you should be able to move the tree around. If there are bigger roots, you should consider pruning them with a proper pruner clipper tool. If it is too complicated, don’t be afraid to call in the professionals from BBD Tree Service. Removing larger trees may require additional help.
Step 4: Let your helpers lift the tree so that you can slide a sheet of burlap underneath the root ball. You’re going to use the sheet of burlap to lift the whole tree with the assistance of your helpers. Carry the tree over to a tarp, cardboard, or wheelbarrow so that it is easier to transport.
Step 5: Place the tree in the new hole you’ve dug up for it. The ground should be level so the tree stands upright. You can gently pull the burlap out from underneath the tree and start filling the hole with the subsoil that you dug up earlier. Afterward, top it off with the topsoil.
Step 6: The last and final step is to add a layer of mulch over the top layer of soil to top it off as this will prevent the tree from drying out too quickly and improve the moisture of the soil.
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