Tree Relocation

Moving some trees from the lawn

The best time of the year to move most trees is early spring before it comes into leaf or early autumn after the leaves have fallen. Any tree or shrub will suffer some degree of stress when uprooted and the shock of transplanting can be lessened if the task is carried out correctly.

Water the soil well the day before moving. Work out the extent of the root spread by exploratory digging. Normally a tree’s root will be as wide as the longest branches. Tie in the branches before lifting and lift the plant with as much rootball intact. Some thicker roots may need to be severed cleanly with a sharp knife or secateurs. Keep the roots covered and avoid drying out by wind or sun. Where possible lift and replant in one operation.

Fill in the holes in the lawn with good quality topsoil – preparation is key to ensure that your new grass gets off to the best possible start and allow it to flourish in its new environment. Rake to a level surface and tread lightly. Now either lay turf or sow with seed.

The pictures show the two trees removed by me from a front garden and replanted in the laurel hedge border. Top quality turf was used to provide an instant impact. I would expect this turf to have completely knitted into the existing grass in three or four weeks.

Post by @nikla67