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Transplanting Landscape Trees- Introduction:
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Many people, including landscape architects, landscape contractors and maintenance professionals, discount the importance of the process and techniques of transplanting trees. The transplanting process is critical to the successful establishment and future health of the tree.
Unfortunately, lots of books have information and diagrams that are incorrect, outdated and contrary to recent recommendations. Using these old procedures will eventually cause direct damage to the tree, or jeopardize the health of the tree.
The information presented here is based on the most recent research and recorded observations of successful techniques. For example, recent studies about transplanting trees have indicated that smaller trees transplant more easily and more successfully than larger diameter trees. They are lighter and easier to handle, they are less likely to be dropped or damaged in transit and they are more likely to have adequate roots to support their crown.
Successful transplanting depends on three main factors:
Root zone moisture and watering
The root mass needs
adequate moisture levels to supply the leaves and stems for turgor (rigidity).
The general rule applied here is that the tree should receive an inch
of rain weekly, and if it doesn’t rain, you must irrigate to supply the
difference. At least three to five gallons of water is suggested. A common error that will prevent successful establishment is to stop
irrigating the tree too early in its development.
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