Planting and Transplanting Trees
A tree transplant is no easy feat; oftentimes, you'll run into the problem of a tree dying after you remove it from one location and put it in its new place of honor. This is due to myriad of things, including the environment, a person's ability to identify which place would be best suited to plant, or even a tree that caught some kind of disease from the nursery in which it was grown. If you're looking to purchase a tree to add to an existing landscape design, or you need to move one in your yard to a more prime location, there are several things you may come into contact with. So before you cut and clear, take a look at the below definitions.
Burlap – This is typically used on a plant coming from a nursery, as these trees are usually more developed. The root system is "balled and burlapped," enabling the tree to keep its roots in place and preserve their integrity. You must trim the burlap and remove it before you can cover the root ball with soil, as roots cannot grow through the fabric.
Location – If you are looking to relocate an existing tree, it's extremely important to identify which spot would be best for it before you make any transplant attempts. Any type of move can be damaging to the tree's health, and watering it is key in its first year. Transplant your tree to a place that's sunny or shady, as necessary, and don't forget that you should be able to reach it with a garden hose. It's also imperative that you dig the new hole before digging out the old tree!
Prune – Ornamental and shade trees often require pruning, which helps to produce healthy, strong limbs. You can trim diseased limbs that may cause harm to the plant; dead branches that may pose a hazard to public safety; or for aesthetic purposes.