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6 Tips for Tree Relocation During Property Development or Renovation

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Relocated trees in an atrium

Relocating and transplanting established trees or shrubs seems like an easy task. Just dig the tree out of the ground and put it in another hole, right?


Here at Treescience, we’ve seen more than our fair share of times this theory has gone wrong, so we’ve put together these tips to make sure when designing your landscape, your transplanted trees not only survive but thrive in their new location too.

1. Call a tree professional!

We highly recommended contacting a professional arborist or tree consultant before starting a large relocation project.

Experts such as these will give advice on the health and needs of the trees as well as address any safety issues during the move itself.

2. Does the tree prefer sun or shade?

Before relocating your tree, it is important to determine whether it likes sun or shade, and what its spacing and watering requirements are.

You should be aware of whether the tree or shrub needs dry conditions or if there are specific needs you should be aware of before you plant anything.

3. Pick the right time of year to move your tree(s).

For most trees and shrubs, late winter or early spring are the best times for transplanting.

It is not advisable to relocate trees during the summer months as they will be prone to heat stress.

4. Prepare the new location for your trees thoroughly.

Dig the new hole before you dig up the tree or shrub. The quicker the tree is re-planted in the new hole, the better chances for a successful relocation.

5. Mulch the transplanted tree(s) well.

Spread a 3-inch layer of mulch around your newly transplanted tree.

Ensure to keep it away from the bases of the tree to make sure it remains healthy and continues to grow once the transplant takes place.

6. Ensure the plants & trees are well watered.

Water your plants like it’s going out of fashion.

The hot months of the year are difficult for plants and you need to ensure that your trees are getting the water they need to survive the harsher weather.

How to be sure your trees are properly relocated.

Whatever the reasons for transplanting your tree, call the professionals at Treescience.

Our tree consultants have the expertise and knowledge to provide the right advice and can handle any concerns you may have about the relocation and transplantation of your trees.

We provide a wide range of arboricultural services to many projects at many levels: government, small & large building sites, residential developments and also private clients.

With clients all over Australia, our strength lies in our passion for applying practical arboricultural and ecological solutions to these projects, no matter what its size or location.

Call 1300 731 859 or complete your details here to find out how we can help you.

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