How to Move a Tree

Moving a tree is big business, but if you're determined to gain an instant landscape, here are some important tips.
1) The forks of the tree spade
plunge down around the specimen.

  • Move in early spring while the tree is dormant; any other time can be fatal.

2) Having been soaked overnight,
the earth remains intact around
the roots until pruning.

  • More than 95 percent of a tree's roots may be lost in transplanting.

3) The tree is positioned for
traveling to the site of its
future home.

  • The bigger the tree, the longer the recovery. A rule of thumb is that it takes one year for every inch of tree diameter to recover. A 6-inch tree could take six years to resume
    growth-- or it may die of transplant shock during those six years.