28 NOV 2018
Trees are wonderful additions to any yard. They provide protection against soil erosion, offer shade, produce oxygen, and beautify the premises. Planting a tree is easy but making sure they survive through the elements can be challenging. That is why some people prefer to start the tree in a container and replant it in the yard as a young tree. In this article brought to you by Sesmas Tree Service, we will go over some tips on how to successfully transport your young tree and replant it. If you have any specific questions or if you would like to consult with or hire an ISA-certified arborist, then feel free to call Sesmas Tree Service. We are always happy to help.
Find an Appropriate Location
The clock starts ticking as soon as you uproot your tree, so it is important to prepare the new location for your tree ahead of time. Each tree species is particular in the amount of sunlight they need, the length of their roots, and so on. Research to learn about your trees needs and select the location that best fits it. Make sure to find a location that is a safe distance away from the utility lines, septic tank, sewer line, concrete foundation, and other structures. Once you have selected your location in advance, dig a hole about twice the size of the trees root ball.
Uproot the Young Tree
The young tree is going to lose a share of its root system during the transporting. Be sure it is well-hydrated by watering it about a day or two before the move. Get started on uprooting by gently digging outside of the perimeter of the trees roots; you do not want to start at the base of the trunk because you could damage the root system. Once you have exposed the root ball, carefully slide your shovel under it and bring the tree to its new location.
Set the Tree in Its New Location
Carefully set the root ball of the young tree into the hole you dug earlier, making sure to keep the tree upright and straight. Gently cover the hole with soil. You want to fully cover the roots and stuff the soil so that there are no air pockets. You do not want to suffocate the tree by overly compacting the soil either. Finally, water the area and add a couple of inches of mulch to keep the moisture inside.
Follow Up with Tree Care
The young tree is going to be extremely sensitive in its new home. Transplant shock is going to stress your tree, and this can last for around a year. Keep your eye on the young tree and pay extra attention for dramatic reductions in growth, yellowing leaves, bug infestations, and other signs of disease. Save Sesmas Tree Services number in your phone so that you can call for an expert opinion or assistance if anything goes awry. The professionals at Sesmas Tree Service are always ready to take your call, answer any questions, and schedule a flexible appointment.