Frequently Asked Questions about Mature Tree Transplanting in Hanover, MA

1. What is the survival rate of transplanted trees?
  • As long as the conditions are right, the tree is being moved at the right time of year and it is given proper care, the survival rate for transplanted trees using the tree spade is 90-95%.
2. What do I have to do to get ready to transplant a mature tree?
  • Every site is different but generally very little needs to be done. Hydration is most important.
3. When is the best/worst time to transplant large trees?
  • The best times to transplant trees are in the spring or the fall but it mainly depends on individual tree species. It would be best not to transplant trees during a very hot summer spell.
4. How does a tree spade work?
  • A tree spade is a machine, usually mounted on a truck that uses hydraulics to force triangular blades into the ground so that a plug of earth can be removed. The blades sever the soil and the roots around the tree. The tree is strapped to the machine to hold it in place for travel and then the plug is lifted from the ground. The tree is then transported by the truck to the new site where the machine is positioned near the hole and the tree is than lowered into the pre-dug hole.
5. What are the most desirable trees to transplant/buy/sell?
  • The best trees for this service are specimen trees, evergreens and ornamentals. Also, well-shaped shade trees are desirable.
6. What size tree can you transplant?
  • Size can vary greatly. There are many size tree spades to accommodate different size trees. Our spade can move 10-12" caliper deciduous trees or 25-30' ever- green trees. There is no limit on smaller trees.
7. What will it cost to transplant a mature tree?
  • The cost of transplanting a tree varies depending on the size of the tree, soil conditions, transplant distance, etc. Each move is very different. It would be best to contact us for further information.