Moving A Sapling To A New Area Of Your Property

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Moving A Sapling To A New Area Of Your Property

2 March 2017
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If you recently bought a new home, and you discovered there is a small tree in an area of your property that you would like to utilize, you will most likely want to look into having it moved if you wish to keep it thriving. Moving a sapling from one area of your yard to another can be done effectively if you take precautions in the timing and procedures used to do the job. Here are some tips you can use when moving a tree from one location to another so the tree will thrive in its new home.

Know When To Do The Move 

It is best to move a deciduous tree at a time when it is dormant. Moving a tree during the spring or summer can lead to it going into shock due to the change in conditions it will need to adapt to at this time. Moving a tree in the winter is best as it will be less likely to feel the effects of the change in its living conditions. Plan to move the tree before it starts budding for the maximum chance in it staying in a healthy condition.

Find The Right Location

Before you move a small tree, it is best to plot out the exact area where it will be replanted. This should be in an area with similar soil content as there is in its present location. Purchase a soil test kit to help in finding a spot on your property where the ground has similar nutrients present. This new location should be away from power lines as well as far from your water well, septic system, and propane tank. The new spot should also not be overcrowded with other foliage so the tree will not need to battle for a water supply after its move.

Dig A Hole And Replant The Tree

A hole will need to be dug in advance of the move so the tree can be swiftly replanted without having its roots exposed for a long time period. After you dig a hole for the placement of the tree, fill it with water and cover it with a tarp so freezing does not occur should temperatures be extremely cold. Wait until the next day to dig the tree from the ground so the water has a chance to saturate the soil in the new location. Get help from a friend to help you in guiding the tree from its present location and into the hole you had dug. Replace the soil around the base of the tree and add a layer of mulch over the soil to aid in moisture retention.

For more information, contact local professionals like ISA Texas Chapter.