If you have a small tree in your yard in an area where you wish to utilize the space differently, you may want to consider moving it to another spot on your property. Smaller trees can be successfully transplanted if you take the time to make sure they are cared for properly to avoid shock from the relocating process. Here are some steps you can use to make this type of move on your own.
Select The Right Time
One mistake people make is trying to move a tree during a time when it is vulnerable to a condition change. Moving a tree during the winter is best as it is then in a dormant state. It has a better chance at survival if it is moved before it starts budding in the springtime. Alternately, move it at the beginning of winter when the leaves have already withered away.
Find An Appropriate New Spot
Scout out your yard for a new spot to place your tree. Make sure the destination area is free from power lines, heating wires, septic system mechanisms or your water well. Check the ground conditions to see if the soil is similar to the type of soil the tree is currently growing within. If there is a vast difference, the tree may have difficulty adapting to the conditions. Doing a soil test is one way to find out if the nutrients are similar.
Prepare The New Home
After you have decided where you would like to place the tree, the area needs to be prepped so the tree can be transplanted quickly to help avoid shocking its system. Make sure the temperature is above freezing when preparing the area so the ground will not be too hard to penetrate. Dig a hole large enough to contain the root ball. The hole should be a few feet deep so the tree's roots will not be exposed after it is placed inside.
Fill the hole with water and allow it to sit overnight. If the temperature is expected to dip below freezing, cover the hole with a tarp to help keep the water from turning to ice.
Remove And Replant The Tree
Dig around the circumference of the tree so it loosens from the soil. Cut any larger roots with an axe if necessary. Have a friend help you carry the tree to its new location. Place the root ball into the hole immediately and replace the removed dirt around the tree. Place mulch around the perimeter of the tree to help contain the moisture in the soil.
If this project is beyond your skill level, contact a tree service to do it for you.