Maple Tree Transplanting Tips
The look of a maple tree standing over a yard is one that is both regal and stately. You landscaping, which is anchored by a maple tree, will make a powerful statement as people first see your yard. Planting a maple tree from a seed will take several years before you see any kind of large tree. Transplanting a maple tree will give you much quicker results. Especially one that is already mature and 10 to 20 feet tall.
Choose Healthy Trees
When choosing your maple tree for transplanting into your yard, finding a healthy one is very important. Look at the overall condition of the tree. Are there any wounds from pruning? Is there a large amount of bark loss? Are the leaves full of holes? Can you see signs of rot, or disease?
Choosing a healthy tree from the beginning will save you a lot in terms of work and care over the beginning states of the transplant.
Transplanting Your Own Trees
If you are going to be transplanting your own tree, you will need to be very careful in the way that you prepare the tree. There are several considerations when transplanting your own maple tree from one place to another. Water, ground conditions, and utility lines are all big considerations.
Keep Roots Wet
Keep a container very close by that is full of water. When you pull the tree out of the ground, keeping the roots wet will keep the tree from drying out. Maple trees do not like their roots being dried out, even for just a few minutes. It creates a stressful environment which can shock the tree.
Dig Carefully around Tree
Use a spade shovel and dig carefully around the tree. Keep in mind that there is a large root system under the tree that is not only there to keep it nourished, but it will also anchor the tree. Dig wide around the tree and remember that the tap root will be as deep as the tree is tall. Try not to damage too many roots in the process.
Dig Transplant Hole
When you dig the new hole for the maple tree it is important to remember one rule of thumb. Make the hole twice as big as the tree's root system. If you are transplanting a tree that is 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide, then your hole should be at least 8 feet wide and deep enough for the tap root to be fully enclosed.
Water and Fertilizer
Before you set the tree in it is a very good idea to pour in a few bags of organic fertilizer, or manure and water the hole. This will give the roots a good start with their nutritional requirements.
Leave Depression in Ground
After you set the tree in the hole, cover it with soil. Do not cover it all the way up to the trunk. Leave a small depression in the ground about 4 inches deep. When you go to water the tree again, this small depression will hold some water and let is soak into the root system.