Posted on: 12 May 2015
If you are going to move to a new home, and you have a favorite fruit tree that you wish to bring along with you, there are a few steps to take in removing it from the ground and transporting it safely. Hiring a tree service is recommended for larger tree transplants; however, if the tree is relatively small it can be taken out and moved on your own. Here are some instructions for you to use when moving a small fruit tree to a new place.
Know When To Move
If you are planning on moving in the summer or fall, your tree is at risk of shock. It is best to move a tree when it is in its dormant stage so it will have a better chance at surviving. If you are moving in winter or the early stages of spring, your tree should survive. Do not move it after you notice buds beginning to grow. Instead, ask the new owner if they are willing to allow you to take it during cooler weather or leave it at the home for the new owner to enjoy.
Prepare The New Home
Before you move your tree, it needs to have a new location ready so the transplant is done immediately after it is dug from the ground and transported. Go to your new home and dig a large hole in an area away from other trees so it will have enough room to root. Pick an area where the soil is not rocky, making it hard to dig a hole. Fill the hole with water the day before you plan on digging up your fruit tree.
Dig Up The Tree
To remove your tree from the ground, dig around it as close to the stump as you can. Dig down several feet, breaking up pieces of the root as you go. Larger pieces of the roots can be cut using an ax. When the tree has loosened from the soil, have a friend help you left it out of the ground.
Transplant The Tree
Wrap the root ball inside a piece of wet burlap. This needs to stay on your tree during the entire ride to your new home so it stays hydrated. When you get to your new home, take off the burlap and place the root ball inside the hole you had dug. Replace the dirt around the stump. Place mulch around the base of the tree, about three inches from the stump. This will help keep your tree hydrated.
For more information, or for help transplanting a large tree, contact a company like MML Tree Service.Share