Before You Transplant: Making Sure the Tree Survives

There are many reasons you’d want to transplant a tree—lack of nutrients in its current location, root interference, aesthetic value—but it’s important to keep in mind that transplanting isn’t an easy job. A variety of things can make tree transplanting quite different from simple plants, and there’s a lot more at stake if you get it wrong.

In places like Montana or Utah County, tree fertilization is an important component in making sure the local ecosystems can survive even in close proximity to human dwellings. If a tree must be transplanted, it’s important to remember the factors that keep it alive both in transit and once it’s been transplanted.

It starts with the roots

One of the crucial parts of a tree is the root system, which allows it to anchor in the ground and collect the nutrients it needs to survive. However, it’s also one of the most delicate parts of a tree that can often get damaged in case of a transplant.

If you are transplanting a tree, it’s important to do some exploratory digging and tracing to find out how extensive the root system is since it will largely determine how well the tree will adapt to its new location. As much as possible, minimize the damage done to the roots even before the digging starts by removing obstacles or obstructions around the root system.

Choose your time and place

person with a tree

Timing is extremely crucial when it comes to transplanting trees. Despite their large structure and extensive root system compared to smaller plants, trees can also be prone to the same temperature and seasonal issues that so many other plants fall prey to. In this regard, it’s important to be conscious of the time and place where you decide to transplant a tree.

Avoiding extreme seasons, such as summer and winter, is a good start to choosing the right time to uproot a tree. Keep in mind that the ambient temperature will also affect the health of the tree while it is being transported to its new location.

Get a lot of help

Transplanting a tree is a very large group effort. Since the time between uprooting and replanting can often have drastic effects on the tree’s health, the faster the process goes, the better the result will be. This can’t be done running on a skeleton crew without the right equipment, so you should always contact a company that has the manpower and tools required for the job.

Not only does this allow you to make sure no damage is done to the tree, but it can also guarantee that it will be handled and replanted with care—two other areas where tree transplants can go horribly wrong.

Tree transplants may require significantly more time and effort than simply cutting it down, but doing our part in saving the environment is worth every bit of that cost. Tree transplants are a safe, beneficial, and non-destructive way to balance the needs of the planet with the needs of the people living in it.

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