But let’s first start off by defining the term “successfully transplant”. Anybody that can apply the yellow machines and big cranes, can transplant a tree or the remains of a tree from point A to point B. However, to “successfully” transplant a tree, the typical architecture of the species may not be altered, the full extent of the tree must stay alive, and the tree must thrive without the aid of artificial watering. Hence, success can only be determined two years post relocation in the case of a smaller tree and 5 years later in the case of the largest trees.
It should also be made clear that the art of relocating trees as discussed in this article, does not include the transplanting of palms trees, which is regarded as a relatively simple task for the yellow machines and low bed truck operators. It also excludes the transplanting of trees for which no minimum root ball is required such as for example baobabs and cycads.
Aspects to be considered when assessing the viability to transplant a tree are listed in order of most important to least important:
Should the transplant be considered as viable, the following process and important techniques should be followed:
Outdated concepts and techniques, some of which are still being taught in horticulture:
Final remark: If you consider relocating a tree, do it the correct way, any short cuts to save money will result in wasting whatever money you did spend, as well as losing the tree.
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This article was written by Dag Willems
(B.sc. Conservation Forestry US)
Owner of Trees SA.
It was published in the Prolandscaper July 2019 edition.
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