Onsite transplanting is defined as those trees that are moving from a current location to a new one on the same property, or on an adjacent property. This type of tree moving does not require our crews to load and tie in tree canopies to legal road width dimensions. Many trees, barring overhead obstructions, can be carried upright and we avoid the additional time and rigging necessary to lay trees on their side for transport down the road.
These types of transplants can vary from trees at 2”caliper (diameter trunks) that weigh a few hundred pounds to those that can weigh in excess of 100k lbs. and are moved with cranes and heavy equipment. When moved onsite, smaller trees, less than 3-3.5”caliper, can be relocated with a three-man crew on a special dolly. On larger sites, our 90” tree spade can be the perfect tool to move larger trees.
Trees over the 3-3.5”c can weigh several hundred to thousands of pounds and require the use of hydraulic equipment. Our Kubota loaders need about 7’ of width of access and need to drive from the street to within 2-3’ of the tree being transplanted. The loaders have wide rubber tires that help float the machine across sensitive planting and lawn areas, however sometimes the crew will use thick plywood to “plank” a path for the vehicle.