Frequently Asked Questions

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Q. What is the largest tree that can be transplanted?

A: Environmental Design has no limitations when it comes to transplanting giant trees. We have transplanted numerous giant trees well in excess of 1 million pounds, including the world’s largest tree ever relocated.

Q. Why does the rootball seem shallow?

A: The majority of the root system responsible for feeding and watering the tree resides within the first 3-feet of soil.

Q. What conditions might make a tree transplant not feasible?

A: The tree location and destination must be an area large enough to facilitate an adequately sized rootball. Subsurface obstructions, such as underground utilities, are also of concern in determining feasibility. Overhead clearance is also critical. Overhead obstructions, such as utility lines or nearby tree canopies should be considered.

Q. Is it true that tree transplanting can only be successful while the tree is in a dormant state?

A: No. Environmental Design has consistently demonstrated successful tree transplanting year-round. However, during certain times such as late summer, rigorous attention to pre- and post-transplant care is essential.

Q. What is the cost of tree transplanting?

A: Price is dependent on many factors which include, but are not limited to, tree size, soil conditions, site access, and transplant distance. Therefore, it is best to contact us to request a customized price estimate for your specific application. While pricing may vary between companies, it should be noted that there is a direct correlation between the size of the root ball, the techniques used, and the tree’s chance of survival. A lower cost will often mean a smaller root ball and therefore a reduced chance of survival.

Q. What preparation activities should be considered prior to tree transplant?

A: For the best results, a combination of canopy and root pruning, chemical treatments, and hydration are recommended as part of the pre-transplant care. Ideally, treatment should commence three to seven months prior to tree transplant; however, as little as two weeks can make a difference. Following these steps leads to our superior success rate.

Q. What is Environmental Design’s survivability rate?

A: Environmental Design has a proven track record of 98% survivability. This is obtained through proper rootball sizing, the appropriate tree transplanting technique and equipment, and the proper pre- and post- transplant care.