lilly of the valley asks: Any advice on transplanting an 8ft leylandi tree?
I’m thinking of moving one of the leylandis in our garden, I would appreciate any tips on how best to do this, any green-fingered experts out there that have successfully done this?
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You will need mechanical help to move this tree, so proper access to your garden will be necessary. The machine, not dis-similar to a tractor has hydraulic fingers at the front. If you hold you hand up in front of you and put your fingers together, pointing downwards, that’s what we are talking about.If you slowly open your fingers you will see the complete action. The equipment comes in and digs a replacement hole.
It then goes to the tree to be removed, opens its’ fingers at the base and pushes downwards. It semi closes it’s fingers until it has captured the root ball and then carries the whole thing to the new planting hole. Surplus soil from the new hole can refill the old hole.
Superficially, it sounds a simple job. A couple of men for a day and job done. No. A tremendous amount of digging, securing the root ball in hessian or polythene temporarily whilst the tree is moved and well, how will the tree be moved? There is probably more weight underground than there is above ground.
If you are in any doubts, you need to speak with an arboriculturist, who will put you on the right track. Good Luck.
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