Trees can add a lot to your landscape design. They are beautiful natural features that contribute color and contour. They provide homes for wildlife, like birds and squirrels. In hot climates they offer cool, restful shade in the summer. If you decide to transplant a tree in your yard or on your commercial property, there are a few things you need to know about tree transplanting in Austin.
First of all, make sure that you choose a location where the tree will thrive. Consider whether it has room to grow both above and below the ground and whether the soil is suitable for the type of tree you’re planting. If you’re planting trees for shade, consider which side of your property needs protection.
One thing to consider is the best time to transplant. You should move a deciduous tree or shrub either in early spring, before the green leaves come out, or in early fall, as the leaves are starting to change color. You want to avoid moving a tree during a flush of growth or waiting too late to get the tree established.
Before you move a tree, you’ll need to prune the roots because they take up so much space underground. But it’s important to prune them long enough before the transplant that they have time to heal. If you plan to move the tree in the spring, prune the roots to a manageable size in the early fall. Do an early fall pruning in preparation for a spring transplant.
Make sure that the root ball you remove is appropriate for the size of the tree or shrub. For a deciduous tree, the root ball size depends on the diameter of the trunk. A shrub’s height determines the size of the root ball. An evergreen tree’s root ball, on the other hand, depends on the spread of its branches.
Trees with trunks that are thicker than 2 inches in diameter will require several hundreds of pounds of soil, so a professional tree service is needed in that case. If you are interested in professional tree transplanting in Austin, Visit Alfaro Tree Sales Inc.