Transplanting trees and shrubs in landscape is one of the most common tasks that are performed by landscape architects. They do so because they believe that it will make their job easier and save them money.

But what if there was another way? What if you could just move your tree or shrub without any danger?

There is no need to wait until the last minute, there is no risk involved either. You don’t even have to pay for a professional company! All you need is some tools and a little bit of patience.

The first thing that you need to consider before moving your tree or shrub is whether it’s safe to do so. A few things should be taken into consideration before making a decision. First of all, you should take into account the fact that many types of plants die during winter months due to lack of sunlight.

If your plant dies in winter, then it won’t survive the harshness of summer season. So if you’re planning to move your tree or shrub in summer, then you’ll want to relocate it now. Another factor that needs to be considered is the soil type. Some soils are better than others for growing certain kinds of plants. For example, some soils are good for growing deciduous trees while other soils are better suited for growing conifers like pine and spruce trees. Certain shrubs do better in sandier soil while other shrubs are quite content in rocky or gravelly soil.

If you’ve decided that it’s safe to move your tree or shrub, then you should always start with your tree first. One of the most important things that you need to do before attempting to move a deciduous tree is making sure that it’s not currently in full bloom. Deciduous trees are those that lose their leaves every year.

They are very susceptible to outside forces when they are in full bloom because they are unable to fight back if attacked. If you can help it, try not to move deciduous trees during the months of March, April or May. These months typically mark the months of peak flowering for most kinds of deciduous trees.

After you’ve made sure that your tree isn’t in full bloom, then you can start wrapping it up. You should start by wrapping the root ball with burlap. This will help to keep the moisture in when you are moving it from its old location to its new location.

After you’ve wrapped up the root ball, then you should make a sling out of burlap as well. You should place the burlap sling around the trunk of the tree just below its lowest branches. Make sure that the burlap is extra tight and secure. You can then use rope to tie up the trunk to prevent it from moving around too much.

If there are any rocks or large pieces of debris near the roots of the tree, you should try to remove them before attempting to move it. After you’ve done this, then you should start digging under the root ball with a shovel and lift it up with the help of a few friends or family members. If you’re moving the tree a short distance away, then you should be able to do this on your own.

Take a look at some of the bigger trees that are in your area and get an idea of how wide the base of the tree is. After you’ve dug out enough of the soil under the root ball so that it’s stable, then you should lift it up and move it to its new location. You should always try to keep the root ball as level as possible while moving it. This will prevent it from falling over and potentially injuring you or someone else.

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After you’ve lifted up the tree by its root ball, you may want to take a tarp or some other covering with you to lay down in the area where you plan on planting the tree. Doing this will prevent the soil that you dig out from the new hole from going everywhere. After you’ve taken the tree to its new location, then just reverse what you did before.

Start by removing the burlap that’s covering the root ball and then remove the ropes that were securing the sling around the trunk of the tree. When you’re ready to plant it, dig a hole wide enough to accommodate the root ball and then slightly deeper as well. After this is done, you can start putting back the soil and filling in the hole. Water the tree regularly until your are confident that it has enough moisture.

If you’re moving a shrub, then you should follow a very similar process. Shrubs tend to have shallow root systems so they are a little easier to move than trees. You should always try to dig up as much of the root system as possible.

After this is done, you can wrap it in burlap and then wrap rope securely around the burlap to keep it secure while being moved.

Good luck with your tree moving adventures!


When moving a tree or shrub, always dig out as much of the root system as you can. This will make it easier to move and will help it to survive in its new location!

If you have a tree that you’ve been caring for for years and you know that it won’t survive much longer, you may want to consider planting a new tree in the same area instead of moving the old one. This way your old tree can serve as a sort of “nursery” for the new tree until it’s big enough to survive on its own.

Make sure that you water your new tree regularly until it has become established in its new location.

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Always be very careful when lifting a heavy tree or shrub by its root ball as it could fall and seriously injure you. Be sure to have a few friends or family members around to help you when needed.

If you’re planting a new tree and your soil type isn’t very good, consider adding a layer of topsoil or compost before planting the tree to give it the best chance of survival.


Bail out a friend in need! Get your buddy to help you when moving a tree or shrub. Even though the job can be done by one person, it’s always safer to have someone else around in case something happens.

Sources & references used in this article:

Transplanting trees and shrubs by M Jackson, B Harsel, L Fornes – 1998 –

Pests of landscape trees and shrubs: an integrated pest management guide by SH Dreistadt – 2016 –

Planting & Transplanting Landscape Trees and Shrubs by MN Dana, R Lerner – 2002 –



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