Tree Spade Transplanting a Basic Guide

Transplanting Time frames

Deciduous
Deciduous trees should be transplanted in their dormant state. In early spring as the ground begins to thaw and before the trees fully leaf out. In the fall after leave turn color and until the ground freezes solid. Generally in Nebraska deciduous trees can be transplanted from October 1 until May 1 with some limited transplanting during January and February.

Conifers
Conifers can be transplanted any time they are dormant, the same as deciduous trees. Excluding their growing months of May and June.

Determining Tree Size

Deciduous
Deciduous tree sizes are based on three criteria, trunk size, tree height and canopy width.

Tree trunks can be measured 6 inches from the ground. We refer to trunk size based on diameter. Start by measuring the circumference around the tree trunk, then divide the number by 3.14. The final number is the diameter of the tree trunk that we will use to determine the size of the tree spade required to successfully move your tree.

Tree height and canopy width are estimates, use surrounding buildings or other permanent structures to provide a reference.

Conifers
Conifers tree sizes are also based on three criteria, tree height, width and trunk size.

Tree height is an estimates, use surrounding buildings or other permanent structures to provide a reference.

Tree width is measured by the diameter of the lowest and widest branches. The diameter can be determined by measuring the circumference around the tree, then divide the number by 3.14. The final number is the diameter of the tree that we will use to determine the size of the tree spade required to successfully move your tree.

Trunk size on conifers is often difficult to determine due to accessibility. A diameter estimate is helpful.

Post-Transplant Watering Needs

Watering needs vary greatly based on soil conditions, near by water sources and time of year. Water schedules will be determined at the time trees are transplanted.