One, two, tree lift: How to move a prized tree
The Smithsonian's overgrown Japanese maple was moved successfully while still in leaf; the larger the tree, the more likely special equipment will be needed to dig and move it.
Six steps to successfully transplanting a tree. Top, left to right: 1) Measure the tree to get the rootball size and dig the new hole. 2) Dig a trench to give your self working space. 3) Taper the rootball inward and pile excavated soil on a tarp. Bottom, left to right: 4) Lift the rootball out and wrap and tie in burlap. 5) Make adjustments to new hole as necessary and drop the tree into it. 6) Peel back the burlap, cut the rope and fill in hole with excavated dirt.
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