Did you know moving trees by spade increases the chances of survival by over 50% compared to burlapped or bagged trees? When you move a tree by spading, you minimize the distrubtion of the roots in the soil, which keeps the roots moist, and strong. Compared to balled and burlapped trees which jostle, shake and dehydrate rootballs. Regardless of how you move your tree, here are some tips to ensure your investment lasts.
Water - Water - Water!One of the biggest keys to tree transplanting prep and long term care is hydration. There are several reasons to make sure your tree stays hydrated:
- When the soil surrounding the rootball stays moist, it blends with the native dirt surrounding the tree. This helps ensure that the tree and rootball compact into the ground, and blend with the native dirt. This removes air and prevents the tree from tipping over
- The tree will be healing from cut roots. Providing additional water aids in it's healing and softens the soil for roots to grow more easily
- With shorter roots, hydrating other roots will ensure the tree is able to absorb as much water as it needs.