[nafex] Moving An Apple Tree

Lon J. Rombough lonrom at hevanet.com
Sun Jul 9 13:18:39 EDT 2000


You can do it - just work at it.  The tree I moved was bigger than what you
describe and I did it myself.  I dug it loose, backed the truck to it, and
tipped it in.  Wrapped the roots with plastic, closed the canopy and took
off.
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>From: Tom Olenio <tolenio at sentex.net>
>To: nafex at egroups.com
>Subject: Re: [nafex] Moving An Apple Tree
>Date: Sun, Jul 9, 2000, 8:09 AM
>

>Hello,
>
>The tree won't be moved until it is dormant, and there is no hope of getting
>large equipment to where it is situated.  That means a totally manual move, with
>no hydraulic equipment.  Anyone selling a truss?   8^O
>
>Tom
>
>"Lon J. Rombough" wrote:
>
>> Fastest, easiest way (but not cheapest) is to hire a company that uses one
>> of those giant diggers with the four blades that go down around the roots
>> and lift the tree with a giant root ball.  Especially if you are going to
>> move it now.  Moving it while it is active means a LOT of work - you have to
>> take a huge soil ball with it and might be more work than you want.  I've
>> moved trees that big when they were dormant quite easily.  Takes a lot of
>> digging to get as many roots as you can, and you should have the hole ready
>> before you dig the tree, but survival is much better.  I moved a single
>> apple tree with a root mass big enough to fill the bed of a pickup that way.
>>  I had a canopy over the truck bed, which protected it in the 20 mile drive.
>>  When I got there, it took a few minutes to adjust the hole, then I backed
>> up to the hole and slid the tree out, right into it.  Piled in dirt and
>> watered the heck out of it to settle it.  That was over 20 years ago and the
>> tree is stil one of the most vigorous on the place.
>> -Lon Rombough
>> ----------
>> >From: Tom Olenio <tolenio at sentex.net>
>> >To: nafex at egroups.com
>> >Subject: [nafex] Moving An Apple Tree
>> >Date: Sun, Jul 9, 2000, 6:24 AM
>> >
>>
>> >Hello,
>> >
>> >My neighbor has offered me an apple tree that is about 3" in
>> >diameter, 7' tall, with a later spread that is about 10'.
>> >He is putting in a utility shed, and the tree is in the way,
>> >he is willing to wait till September so the tree has a
>> >better chance.
>> >
>> >I have never moved a tree of this size, what is the best
>> >method to move it, with the least shock to the tree?  Any
>> >suggestions on how to prepare the spot it is moving to?
>> >
>> >He is just going to cut it down otherwise.
>> >
>> >Thanks in advance.
>> >
>> >Regards,
>> >Tom
>> >
>> >--
>> >Thomas Olenio
>> >Ontario, Canada
>> >Hardiness Zone 6a
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