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The Best Time To Move A Tree

Spring has sprung, and you know what that means! It is time to start thinking about all of those home improvement projects you’ve been putting off. One project you may be thinking about is moving a tree. Before you proceed to take your shovel and begin digging, there are a few things you should be aware of. Environmental Design Inc can take care of all your tree needs, but here are some tips on the best time to move a tree.

Type of tree

 The first thing you need to take into consideration is the type of tree you want to move. Deciduous trees, or trees that lose their leaves in the fall, are best moved while they are dormant in the late fall or early winter. This is because the roots will be less likely to suffer from shock when they are transplanted. However, if you absolutely must move a deciduous tree during the growing season, late spring or early summer is the next best time.

Evergreen trees, on the other hand, can be moved any time of year as long as the soil is not frozen solid. That being said, it is still best to avoid moving an evergreen tree during the heat of summer since this can cause stress on the tree. Spring and fall are ideal times to transplant evergreens.


 Once you’ve determined the best time of year to move your tree, it is time to start digging. When digging up a tree, be sure to dig a wide hole so that you can easily get the root ball out of the ground. It’s also important to avoid damaging the roots when you are digging. This can be done by using a sharp shovel and being careful not to cut into the roots.


Once you have the tree dug up, it is time to transport it to its new home. If possible, it’s best to move the tree in a wheelbarrow or on a tarp. This will help to avoid damaging the roots.


 When you are ready to plant the tree in its new location, be sure to dig a hole that is wider and deeper than the root ball. You may also want to add some compost or manure to the hole to help the tree get established. Once the tree is in the hole, backfill with soil and water well.


When it comes to moving trees, timing is everything—literally. The best time to transplant a deciduous tree is in the late fall or early winter while they are dormant. For evergreen trees, spring and fall are ideal times for transplanting. Keep these tips in mind when planning your next home improvement project!

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