What is the largest size tree you can transplant?

Why wait a decade or two for a tree to grow to its full potential when you could just transplant one that would immediately improve your backyard? While many people think that large trees beyond 20 feet in height and a few inches in diameter are impossible to transplant, the truth is that it takes seasoned tree movers to get a job like that done.

It’s more than possible to transplant a 30-foot tall tree that has a girth of over 18 inches – you just need to know what you’re doing! So, the question then becomes: ‘what way is the right way’? Well, we can only speak for ourselves and our decades of success when answering this question, but here goes!


3 tips to transplant a tree the right way

After choosing the ideal location for the tree to be moved to, a decision made based on a few factors such as environmental conditions and soil health, you can follow these guidelines to get the most from your tree transplanting process:


  • Assess whether the tree can be transplanted or not: some trees are easier to move than others. Always ensure that the tree you want to transplant can be moved without causing any lethal damage.
    1. Check that the root ball is the right size to survive in your chosen environment
    2. You might want to get a professional helping hand when inspecting the movability of mature trees. 


  • Don’t be lazy with the preparation

Trees that have never been transplanted before, mostly have asymmetrical root networks that grow around natural irregularities in the ground. Trying to uproot these kinds of trees without properly pruning them could prove to be disastrous for your transplanting goals. Here at Moving Trees, our nursery-grown trees are prepared from birth to be moved to new locations. Get in touch with us today to learn more!


  • Logistics go a long way

One of the tricks behind successfully transplanting a tree is in the logistics of the process. Look at it this way: would you be able to successfully relocate a 20-foot tall tree without knowing which routes and roads would limit your mobility and pose a threat to the tree? Logistics are an essential part of the tree moving process, never be too lazy to tackle them!


If you’d like to learn more about the art of tree transplanting and how we at Moving Trees get the job done, check out this blog post. Otherwise, if you’re ready to get started with transplanting the tree of your dreams into your backyard, don’t hesitate to contact us today!

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