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When landscaping and caring for our environment, sometimes we face the hefty task of moving big trees. Whether for a new construction project, giving a landscape a fresh look, or saving a tree from a tricky situation, moving these natural giants is not an easy task. Without the right equipment or help, you risk damaging or spending far too much to relocate the tree.

That’s where we, at Environmental Design Inc., step in with our innovative solution, ArborLift®. This technology isn’t just about moving trees; it’s about redefining how we do it – safer, more efficient, and with the tree’s health front and center. Let’s dive into our world at Environmental Design Inc. We’re not just a company; we’re a group of passionate tree lovers and landscape enthusiasts who’ve turned our passion into pioneering work in tree transplantation and landscape architecture.

Now, about ArborLift® – our pride and joy. This isn’t your average tree-moving tech. It’s a game-changer, a brainchild born from our commitment to doing things better for the trees and the environment. Keep reading to learn more about how we utilize this technology of ours!

1. Understanding ArborLift®: A Breakthrough in Tree Transplanting

ArborLift® is a patented method developed and utilized exclusively by Environmental Design. It was designed specifically for safely and efficiently relocating large trees. This innovative technology has transformed our practice of tree moving, making it a viable option even for trees that weigh over a million pounds.

The Technology Behind ArborLift®

At the heart of ArborLift® is a sophisticated system involving pneumatic air cylinders. These cylinders are strategically placed below the tree’s root ball, creating a stable platform for lifting and transporting the tree. This method ensures minimal disturbance to the root system, a critical factor in the survival and health of the tree post-transplant.

Benefits of ArborLift® Over Traditional Methods

First off, moving big trees is no small task. We’re talking about living giants that have existed for decades, sometimes centuries. What is the traditional way of moving these trees? It’s often a cumbersome and risky affair involving hydraulic cranes, large trailers, heavy machinery, and a lot of crossed fingers. But with ArborLift®, we’ve turned that whole process on its head. It’s a smoother, safer, and more reliable way to give these trees a new lease on life elsewhere.

Traditional tree-moving methods are more costly and also pose a higher risk of damage to the tree. ArborLift®, on the other hand, offers a gentler approach. By reducing the contortion and movement of the root ball, ArborLift® significantly enhances the survival rate of transplanted trees.

2. How ArborLift® Changed the Game for Us As Big Tree Movers

As professionals in moving large trees, we utilize ArborLift® and have found it to be nothing short of a game-changer. Our ability to relocate massive trees without the extensive use of heavy machinery is a major advancement. This technology is not just about moving trees; it’s about preserving and respecting the natural integrity of these living giants.

Applications in Various Settings

One of the coolest things about ArborLift® is how versatile it is. We use it to move all kinds of trees in all sorts of environments. Need to relocate a massive oak from a historical site? ArborLift®. Want to move a row of palms to line a new avenue? ArborLift® again. This technology adapts to different tree species, sizes, and locations, making it an invaluable tool in our arsenal.

From relocating trees for construction projects to enhancing the landscapes of private estates, universities, and golf courses, ArborLift®’s versatility makes it an invaluable tool for us as big tree movers catering to various clients and environments.

Cost-Effectiveness and Environmental Impact

One of the most compelling aspects of ArborLift® is its cost-effectiveness. By reducing the need for heavy machinery, the overall cost of tree relocation projects can be significantly lowered. Additionally, the reduced environmental footprint of this method is a major plus, aligning with the growing emphasis on sustainable practices.

3. The Process of Tree Moving with ArborLift®

Moving a tree with ArborLift® involves a series of well-planned steps to ensure the safety and health of the tree throughout the process.

  1. Assessment: Before any moving takes place, a thorough assessment of the tree and its environment is conducted. This includes analyzing the tree’s health, size, and root structure.
  2. Preparation: The tree is then carefully prepared for the move. This involves pruning and preparing the root ball, ensuring it is secure and ready for lifting.
  3. Lifting: Using the ArborLift® system, the tree is gently lifted from its original location. The pneumatic air cylinders play a crucial role in this step, providing a stable and controlled lift.
  4. Transportation: Once lifted, the tree is transported to its new location. The ArborLift® system ensures that the tree remains stable and secure during this phase.
  5. Replanting: Upon reaching the new site, the tree is carefully replanted. Post-replanting care is critical to ensure the tree adapts well to its new environment.

4. Challenges and Considerations in Big Tree Moving

While ArborLift® has simplified the process of moving large trees, it has challenges. Factors such as soil type, weather conditions, and the tree’s health play a crucial role in the success of the transplant. Big tree movers must be adept at navigating these variables to ensure a successful relocation.

Soil Type Matters
Soil isn’t just dirt – it’s like a tree’s home. Different trees prefer different types of soil; when we move them, we have to ensure their new home is just as comfy as the old one. Sandy, clay, loamy – each type reacts differently during a move. We’ve got to consider things like drainage, nutrient content, and how well the soil holds together. It’s a bit of a science; we love geeking out on it.

Weather Woes
Mother Nature can be unpredictable. We’ve got to keep a sharp eye on the weather because it can make or break a tree move. If there is too much wind, we risk damage during transport. Rain can turn a relocation site into a mud pit, and extreme heat can stress out the tree. Timing is everything; sometimes, we must play a waiting game with the weather.

The Health of the Tree
Not all trees are ready for a big move. Like us, they must be in good health to handle relocation stress. We assess each tree thoroughly before deciding to move it. Are there signs of disease? How’s the root system doing? It’s like a check-up before a major surgery.

Sure, moving big trees with ArborLift® has its challenges, but that’s what makes this work rewarding. Overcoming these hurdles isn’t just about getting the job done; it’s about learning, growing, and improving with every project. Each challenge is an opportunity to innovate and refine our approach, ensuring we’re always at the top of our game. It’s hard work, but when you see a tree thriving in its new location, it’s all worth it.

5. The Future of ArborLift® and Tree Transplanting

As environmental awareness grows, the demand for sustainable and efficient tree-moving solutions like ArborLift® will likely increase. The technology is not just a tool for big tree movers but a testament to our ability to harmoniously coexist with nature.

ArborLift® offers big tree movers an efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly solution to what was once a big task. As we continue to shape our landscapes, technologies like ArborLift® play a pivotal role in ensuring that we do so responsibly, preserving the natural giants that grace our earth.


We’re known for our hands-on approach. It’s not just about getting a tree from point A to point B. We take a deep dive into each tree’s health, the lay of the land, and what it takes to keep that tree thriving long after the move. Our portfolio‘s pretty varied – we’ve moved ancient trees out of the path of progress, spruced up golf courses with mature beauties, and turned private estates into green paradises.

Big Tree Moving Experts

At Environmental Design, we blend our love for nature with smart, practical solutions. We’ve been in this game for a long time, and over the years, we’ve become the go-to folks for moving big trees. Why? Because we do it with care, precision, and a whole lot of respect for these leafy giants. Ready to move some big trees? Contact us today to get a quote on your project!