How Much Does it Cost to Transplant a Tree?
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Transplanting a tree from one spot to another can be needed for many reasons. If the tree is healthy enough, it is possible to transplant just about any tree to an alternative location.
How much is it?
- As a general rule of thumb, be prepared to spend around $25 per foot to transplant a tree. The costs will depend on the size of the tree, how far the tree needs to be moved, and the size of the tree trunk.
- Most trees under eight to 12 feet often cost $300 to as much as $1,200 to transplant. However, trees that are older than 100 could cost more than $50,000 to transplant.
- Since all jobs are going to be fairly unique, consider getting multiple quotes for free through services such as HomeAdvisor.com.
- According to a Chicago Tribune article, a homeowner had paid $425 to move a single tree on site.
What is going to be included?
- The tree that needs to be moved will be relocated to a separate area using a special tree spade or larger equipment if the tree is bigger and has extensive roots.
- During larger transplant jobs, a truck will have a mounted spade that digs around the tree, removing the roots around it. Using four kite-shaped blade, the blades are able to encircle the tree and lift it from the ground using hydraulic pressure slides. Once removed, the tree will be moved to its new location and planted. To see how the process works with pictures, UMN.edu created an in-depth guide. When replanted, the tree will have to be watered continuously and mulched. Pruning and fertilizer should be limited.
What are the extra costs?
- The company may charge more for wrapping the roots of the tree or if a permit is needed to move the tree.
- The tree will require care and maintenance after it has been moved. The hole that is left will also need to be refilled with fill dirt. This may be included in the cost, but this will depend on the company that removes the tree. It is, however, best to ask before you enlist the services of a company whether or not the hole will be refilled. A hole left in the ground can be dangerous for others on the property.
- If the tree is being moved a long distance, you may be charged extra.
Tips to know:
- The tree transplantation process is much easier if the tree is dormant, meaning that it will be easier to relocate in the fall and winter months. Several companies who are able to remove the roots of the tree, which are covered, will be able to successfully remove the tree outside of these seasons, for example, in the summer months. These trees are going to require the proper soil to grow, so remember that with every transplant, you risk the chance of the tree dying.
- Never remove a tree from public property or if belongs to someone else. Always check before you decide to transplant a tree with the relevant authorities or ask around if you are unsure.
- Another option that you have is to simply have the tree removed. You can hire a company to come cut down the tree, remove the roots, and fill in the hole. The tree will then be put through a mulcher rather than replanted. This will be a cheaper process in most cases.
How can I save money?
- Several companies may be able to offer a discount for customers who need to move more than one tree. Trees that can be moved with a regular tree spade will often cost less to move than larger trees which will require a larger operation.
- Be sure to get as many quotes as you can. Most companies will be more than happy to provide a ballpark estimate over the phone or in person.