Uprooting A Tree

Avoid uprooting a tree in the fall: In autumn, most young trees are not ready to be transplanted. In early fall, before the first cold snap of winter sets in, the old growth shoots begin to die back. If young trees have been pruned, the new growth is often shorter than the old growth; this shorter length of new growth can lead to the uprooting of the tree. Keep young branches together when transplanting a tree in the fall:

Do not attempt to uprooting larger trees during the summer: The risk of causing serious injury to the root system and the supporting trunks is great during the summer months. Untreated root systems can rot, break off at the base or the top, and even leak water into the soil around your home. Take care not to injure the trunk of a larger tree by uprooting it during the summer. Do the best you can to avoid damage to the root system and the supporting trunks, and make sure to do so safely.

Do not use pruning shears to cut branches that exceed 10 feet: A good rule of thumb is that smaller branches should be pruned as needed, and larger branches should be cut as absolutely necessary. If the required branch lengths are not available, do not use pruning shears. Use your hands, and do not use pruning shears. If you must trim a branch because it is drastically taller than the rest of the tree, consider a pole to support the longer branch.

Do not damage your tree by uprooting it on weak or flimsy limbs: When you are planning to uproot a large tree, you should consider whether or not the affected limbs will cause significant damage to the root system. Sometimes strong roots can simply be pulled up and sutured to the trunk, saving the tree. Other times the strong roots can die, causing the tree to die and break up.

The best way to know if your branches or root system are worth uprooting is to consult a local expert or a professional tree removal company. They have the experience to make the best decision for your particular situation, but if you are not licensed or skilled enough in tree removal, it is best to let a tree service remove your tree. They can safely remove the branch at the proper height, distance, and speed, as well as prevent further damage to the area surrounding the tree.

If you have a storm occurring where heavy winds are occurring, it may be best to not attempt any kind of uprooting trees during that time. Strong winds can knock over trees and other objects, which could damage them and possibly injure people. Strong winds also create mud slides, which also damage trees if they are not removed quickly and properly. It may also be dangerous to try to move a large tree by yourself.

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