1. Missed the live Ask the Expert event?
    Catch up on the conversation about fertilization strategies for success with the experts at Koch Turf & Ornamental in the Fertilizer Application forum.

    Dismiss Notice


Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by mike33087, Jun 22, 2007.

  1. mike33087

    mike33087 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 108

    at some point when i can fit it in i have 5 arborvitaes that are about 5 feet tall and prob like 3 feet around. i need to remove them from a customers house and I was wondering if it was at all possible to transplant them at my house, trees are in great shape, i just hate trashing perfectly good plants when i can make my own forest of sorts lol

    so basically are these trees easily transplantable
  2. Lawnamus

    Lawnamus LawnSite Member
    Messages: 32

    Arborvitaes are a hardy plant. I would however wait to remove/transplant until a more favorable season...not summer time. If you must, the bigger the root ball the better, fill dirt is cheap especially for trees this size. I would also give them so Miracle Grow liquid mixed up to help with transplant shock. Lesco sells a product called Transfilm or something like that, but you don't have 1000 trees. The MGrow will work fine, but just make sure they get enough H2O. Hope this helps.
  3. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,776

    They are a pretty eay transplant. They have a dense root growth in tight to the plant unlike most other conifers.It would be better to do it after the new growth really hardens up, but I would not be afraid to do it now as long as you can get them in the ground within an hour or two. Bury them 3/4 of the way then flood the hole, let the water settle in, then finish burying and water them heavily again. I would not fertilize when transplanting. Wait a few weeks.
  4. Lksd Lawn

    Lksd Lawn LawnSite Member
    from Erie Pa
    Messages: 26

    I agree with AGLA

    Just a thought. If you want to see just how big a ball should be on them just go to your local nursery and see the ones they have in stock(if they do) the balls on a arb arent as big as other evergreens, youll probably be surprised. You can transplant these anytime really. Very hardy.
  5. Plant Buyer 83

    Plant Buyer 83 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 176

    As said before bigger is always better when transplanting. Many nurseries that are worried about digging field grown trees in summer usually water plenty leading up to the dig, as you would expect. So if you have time about 5 days (start on a monday) before you want to transplant them water everyday and throughly and dig them on a friday. This way there not under drought stress. You could also have your holes dug at your house already so they are not sitting out while you are digging there holes. Just some things to think about, but take some pics and let us know how it turns out.

  6. mike33087

    mike33087 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 108

    thanks guys, i pretty much figured what yall were gonna say but needed a second opinon ,, so it looks like it is a go probably do it this weekend thanks again and i will def do some pics
  7. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,776

    Bigger is better unless you make the ball so heavy that it can't hold itself together. I would also caution against an oversoaked ball. Even arborvitaes don't like their balls busted.

    Good advice, but don't take it to an extreme as I am sure it is not suggested that you do.
  8. Plant Buyer 83

    Plant Buyer 83 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 176

    AGLA, has a very good point. Not only with the size of the ball but also with watering. If this week isn't very hot or you get some rain you may only need to water 1 or 2 or not at all. As you would expect, you don't want to be digging them out of a muddy slop. Just wanted to add on to AGLA comments to not over due anything like stated.
  9. Focal Point Landscapes

    Focal Point Landscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    Its certainly worth a try - those are nice plants for free . You will need equipment to move a tree that size .
  10. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,776

    No, a spade and a wheelbarrow is plenty of tool power to transplant 5' arborvitaes.

    PS. Are these the ones that did not die in an earlier post that showed some that had died?

Share This Page