Trying to transplant an adolescent or full-grown tree is a weighty task! Once a tree grows too large to be handled easily by one person, tree transplantation becomes a major effort. Transplanting is not something that individuals should attempt to do on their own. Besides the inherent physical risks when handling something that could weigh hundreds of pounds, much can go wrong.
Thus, hiring a professional and experienced tree transplanting service is vital to ensure everything goes according to plan. The team at Stenger Landscaping offer expert tree transplanting services and other landscaping options.
Five Common Mistakes Amateurs Make When Transplanting Trees
- Injuring The Tree
Trees are more delicate than they seem, especially their roots. Trees are extremely easy to damage the roots when digging a tree up -since they often extend across a wide area- or during transportation. In the event that too many roots are broken in the process, the tree could end up dying in its new planting.
- Improper Hole Depth/Width
A professional tree transplanting service understands that there is a “sweet spot” when planting a tree. Bury it too deeply, and the roots could suffocate because relatively few nutrients and oxygen penetrate the surface beyond a few feet. A tree must be replanted at roughly the same depth it came from. Likewise, the width of the hole must match, so the tree has proper breathing space and room to grow.
- Planting in the Wrong Season
Transplantation is an incredibly stressful time for a tree, and the shock of transplantation can kill it. The best time to move a tree is during its dormant season, which varies between species, since the tree already has a slow metabolism with its energy focused on root growth.
Transplanted trees need a lot of water, beyond their additional needs. Water is necessary for a tree to get over the shock of the move. An experienced tree transplantation service like Stenger Landscaping can work with you to ensure there is proper irrigation to the re-planting, and provide advice on watering.
- Improper Soil Balance
A transplanted tree needs the right mixture of fertilizers along with a proper soil pH, between 5.5 and 6.5, to survive the process and thrive afterward. Professionals can work with you to ensure the target soil is already prepared for the tree, before work begins.
For more advice, or full tree transplanting service and other landscaping options, contact Stenger Landscaping for a consultation.