Relocating Healthy Trees: How And Why

If you love trees, and you are a major ecological conservationist-type, there is a very good chance that you do not like cutting down trees, especially if they are healthy. Yet, sometimes, a tree just has to be moved. Maybe it encroaches on your neighbor's property, or maybe it is starting to wreak havoc on underground plumbing with its far-reaching, water-seeking roots. Whatever the reason, you will be happy to know that some tree service companies offer tree relocation. Here is how and why.

Tree Crowding 

In nature, trees crowd each other when a large tree drops nuts or seed pods really close to other trees. Animals also help plant more trees by burying nuts very close to another tree. Eventually, the crowding becomes too much, and the biggest and oldest trees will either push the younger, weaker trees out of the ground, or the younger trees will cause the older ones to die. Nature takes care of itself, but in a yard tended by humans, you cannot allow this to happen.

If you did, there would be a lot of trees falling on houses, fences, and other outdoor structures, causing thousands of dollars in property damage. Ergo, if you have some tree crowding starting, a tree service caretaker can bring shovels and special trucks to help remove the healthiest trees. He/she ends the crowding without any damage to the trees or the man-made structures and homes. 

Uprooting the Trees

A wide berth is excavated around each tree until all of the roots are exposed, including the main taproot. Great care is taken to remove the dirt from around the roots as thoroughly as possible, leaving just enough dirt behind for the tree to get moisture and nutrients until it is relocated. A special kind of tree removal truck encapsulates the root ball, and the trunk and crown of the tree stick out above. The truck then pulls upward until the whole tree is free of the ground. 

If you are relocating the tree to another part of your yard, another excavator is busily digging a big enough hole for the tree to be inserted. The special truck holding the tree moves into position and releases the tree into the hole. Tie-down cables help position the tree straight up and down in the hole while the roots are covered over with dirt. The tie-down cables also keep the tree in place until the root system takes a very firm hold on the dirt around and under its roots. If you are donating the tree to someone else, this whole process (minus tree extraction) is repeated in the recipient's yard.