Can I move a big tree?
September 19, 2012 6:03 AM Subscribe
Can I move a 15-18 foot tree? Best practices for something so big?
posted by kirst27 to Home & Garden (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I planted a red maple a few years back and it's about 15 feet tall now. Recently, the power company came through our neighborhood, taking down branches from mature shade tress that might fall on the power lines during storms, icy conditions, etc. and it's clear to me that in a few years, this tree's branches will be in the way. So, I want to move it if there's a pretty good chance of success (the alternative would be to leave it where it is and try to prune it so there'll be no branches hanging over the lines, but this may be impossible).
The diameter of the trunk is about 5-6 inches. I would wait until early winter to dig it up and move it. I've moved smaller trees and shrubs around my yard a lot with success, so I know in general how to move things around, but I've never attempted anything so big. Any advice?