We have a commercial job we are working one that has four really magnificent trees on site, the youngest is over a years old and the oldest of the four is estimated to be over years old. When I initially asked the arborist how this tree was he said they would have to cut it down to know for sure [right, tree humor…]. Of course, the tree we needed to move was the oldest and the largest. We had originally done initial site studies where we designed the building around this tree — and we came up with some pretty good options. We brought in tree moving experts, an arbologist, and we had our landscape architect. We had loads of meeting discussing the success rate — what risks were involved, how the tree would be moved … and on and on.
How to Transplant Oak Trees
Exposed Tree Roots: What To Do With A Tree With Roots Showing
Oaks have a reputation for being hard to transplant successfully. If it survives the transplant, it will grow very little for years afterwards as it tries to develop new roots. It is hard to believe but oaks planted as acorns or young saplings catch up and pass foot transplants in just a few years. Finally, large transplanted oaks are expensive, often thousands of dollars for a tree with a 50 percent chance of dying in the first year. Several Quercus rubra red oak line a driveway. At maturity, red oaks reach 50 to 75 feet tall with an equal spread. Potted oaks have similar problems.
Relocate and Transplant an Oak Tree
Live oak Quercus virginiana , or southern live oak, is a sprawling tree associated with images of the antebellum South, although the term sometimes refers to numerous species of evergreen oaks. You can grow live oaks in U. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 8 through Lateral roots, including fine roots that absorb nutrients and moisture, extend up to one-third farther than the distance from the trunk to the drip line, the outermost foliage of the crown.