A guide to tree transplanting

A guide to tree transplanting

Last Edited: 30/05/2017

A tree makes for a fantastic central feature in a garden and can bring a sense of calm and shade to a busy environment. Whether you’re looking to improve the aesthetic of a commercial outdoor space or are simply looking to improve your garden at home, opting for a large tree can make all the difference. As well as benefiting the environment, trees also help to foster a sense of well-being.

Of course, growing a tree from scratch can take years and even then, results can be unpredictable. A much easier way to introduce a tree to your open space is tree transplanting.

What is tree transplanting?

Tree transplanting is the practice of moving mature trees or semi-mature trees from one location to another. Although it may sound simple, the processes can be quite complex, and no two jobs are the same – consideration must be given to the size and type of tree, soil type, potential obstacles and the logistics of movement.

When is the best time to transplant a tree?

While there’s no set rule in terms of when is best for tree movement, some experts agree that deciduous trees are best moved during late Autumn or Winter, when the tree has entered a period of dormancy.

Trees of all types are transportable - even large trees with root ball sizes in the vicinity of a 2-metre circumference can be easily transplanted from one location to another.

Does tree transplantation involve heavy machinery?

In some instances, plant machinery may be required to move large trees – but this doesn’t mean your lawn needs to be churned up or damaged in the process. Reputable landscape architects like Todds Nursery undertake a full site assessment to identify planting conditions, and will generally arrive with track-matting which protects the ground from excess weight and pressure inflicted by plant machinery.

Post-transplant tree care

Once the tree has been positioned, the soil initially removed to make way for the tree should be backfilled around the roots, along with a high-quality mulch to provide a nutrient-rich base for the tree to flourish.