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Why should those with an interest in tree care take the time to read about the transplantation of a mature tree? Such a plant has roots so deep that the roots’ depth equals the tree’s height.

Objective of any effort that is focused on transplanting a matured, branching plant/tree

Have a large root bowl on the plant that must be moved to a new location. Place that specific bowl in an environment that is similar to the one from which it has been taken. In order to meet that objective in a satisfactory fashion, the person moving the tree should be sure that the soil in the new location bears great similarity to the ground that the tree’s roots had occupied in the past.

Action of greatest concern, once objectives established:

Trim the roots, and then seal the root bowl using burlap. Trimmed roots exhibit a higher tolerance for removal to a new location.

Suggested 3-step procedure

Choose a new site: Pick one that provides the leaves on the branches with the same amount of light. Select a spot where the soil’s pH copies the pH in the ground where the tree has been growing. Study and compare the level of drainage and the growing conditions in both the old and any considered spot.

Prune the tree’s roots for one year before attempting the transplantation. That action helps to encourage the creation of more feeders from each root. Dig hole in chosen spot. Soak the roots’ bowl, in order to keep the roots’ soil covering together. Wrap and bind the root-filled bowl, using burlap. Transplant the selected tree.

Is there any best time for transplanting trees?

The Tree Care service in San Jose knows that the 3-step process that has been outlined above yields the best results if it is performed when none of the trees’ parts are flourishing. In other words, that process ought to be carried out in the late autumn, or during the early weeks of winter.

At that point the matured plant has entered a resting stage. It is not using energy for growth of any of the parts that are above ground. Hence, an effort to relocate that same matured plant/tree should not harm those non-growing sections of the selected plant.

Why should the environment remain fairly unchanged?

Think about taking a sleeping child to his or her bed. An adult attempting such a task would want to be sure that the same child stayed as warm and comfortable as possible. Trees do not have ears, and cannot hear any sounds in a new environment. Still, their root structure does have the ability to note the pH level of the soil. It would not respond well to exposure to ground with a different pH.