Maybe you are moving nearby or are planning a building expansion and can't bear to lose your favorite tree. Sure, you could plant a new one, but your existing tree has been home to your bird feeder, your favorite squirrels, and even to your runaway cat. You can move even a large tree to a new location, but you will need to follow a painstaking procedure, and in some cases, engage a tree-trimming service for help.


Of course, you will need to have a spot picked out and prepared for your tree. Before you actually move the tree, you will need to prune the roots to minimize damage during the transplant. Experts say to water the soil around the tree the day before you prune to make digging easier and to get the tree in better shape for the trauma. You will need to tie up low-hanging branches so they won't interfere with your work. You will also need to figure out the width of your dig, which means measuring the tree's diameter and then multiplying that number by 10 to 12. You will then need to use a spade to cut a trench to the depth of 24 inches to sever the roots. After this process is completed, replace the soil.


If the tree is a small one, you can successfully move it yourself. After you've given the tree time to recover from the pruning, you will need to prepare a new hole that is twice as wide as the rootball and as deep as it was originally planted. If you are moving the tree close by, you can simply place it on a tarp and slide it across your yard. You will need to gently place the tree in its new hole and then create a mound of soil. You should also place mulch around the tree.

Bigger trees, like your mighty oak, will require greater care and, preferably, the help of professionals. Making arrangements to take the tree a long distance will mean special care for the roots and transportation large enough to safely transport it without damage. You do not have to give up your favorite trees, but moving them takes preparation and skill. Moving smaller trees may be in your wheelhouse, but the larger trees need to be dug up by people with special knowledge. Contact an arborist or your local landscaping professionals for advice on these moves.