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asked in category: General Last Updated: 19th May, 2020

Can a full grown tree be transplanted?

Shrubs up to 3 feet tall and trees an inch or less in diameter (measured 6 inches above the soil level) can be moved without digging a solid root ball. These and most plants 3 to 4 years old may be moved as bare root transplants. Larger or older plants will need to be dug and transplanted with the root ball intact.

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Considering this, how much does it cost to relocate a large tree?

Watkins said a tree-moving crew might cost $400 to $600 or more, but he often tells a homeowner that with fewer guys and no rootball wrapping, “I can just pop it out of the ground for $100, $200, and if it makes it, great, and if it doesn't, it doesn't.” Fall would be the time to try that.

Likewise, how expensive is it to move a tree? Next consider that charges are made “portal to portal” at the rate of $250 for a 62 inch or 65 spade, and $350 per hour for a 90 inch spade. Hence the expense of moving is usually more than half the cost of purchasing a new tree.

Similarly, what is the largest size tree you can transplant?

The biggest tree spades that Davey and Big Trees use are 90 inches in diameter, which can dig a hole about 4 1/2 feet deep and lift 5 1/2 tons in their grasp. That's nothing, though, compared with the trees that David Cox and his National Shade crew can move.

How do you move a tree with a big root ball?

Dig a trench about a foot outside the root pruning trench in order to capture the new roots that formed after pruning. Dig down until you can undercut the soil ball at an angle of about 45 degrees. Wrap the soil ball in burlap and move it to the new planting location.

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