If you are moving in the near future and you have a favorite fruit tree that you would like to take with you to your new home, it is important to take the time to relocate the tree the right away. Many people make the mistake of thinking that they can simply dig the tree up and transport it to their new home. This is not the best approach to take because it could cause the tree to go into shock and wilt. The guide below walks you through a few tips to use to make transplanting your tree as easy as it can be.
Hook the Tree to a Crane
If the fruit tree is very large, you will not be able to maneuver it on your own. You can hire a crane company to hold the tree in place while you loosen the roots from the ground and then lift the tree onto the back of a truck bed to make transporting it a bit easier. The crane company will have all of the necessary tools to hook up the tree without damaging it.
Dig Around the Roots
Next, you need to dig around the roots of the tree to release it from the ground. Wet the soil at the base of the tree to make the ground as soft as you possibly can. Be sure not to damage the roots as they are released from the ground by being extremely gentle as you remove the dirt that is compacted around the roots.
Remove the Tree
Next the crane operator will lift the tree into the bed of a truck. Be sure to wrap the limbs of the tree in some form of netting to ensure that the branches do not break in the wind as the tree is being taken to your new home. Be sure to take a bucket or two of the dirt from the hole that you removed the tree from so that you can mix it with the dirt at your new home. Combining the two types of dirt will help the tree to acclimate to its new environment more easily.
Once you arrive at your new home, dig a hole, remove the netting from around the branches, have the crane operator lift the tree into the hole and fill the hole with the new and old dirt mixture that you made. Water the tree daily to ensure that it adapts to its new home as well as it possibly can. For the best results work with professional plant relocation services in your area.