Saturday, October 31, 2009

Relocation, Relocation, Relocation (Part 1)

Just as in real estate, one could say the three most important rules of taking care of trees is location, location, location. A new tree could have everything going for it, but if the location is unsuitable or poor, you might as well chop it down in twenty years or so.

Such is the case of the 'little' Blue Spruce located on our front lawn. As can be seen in the photographs, it stands on the north side of and directly behind a row of six large Norway Spruce which block most of its direct sunlight. Compared to other Blue Spruce in the area, it is appears very sparse, thin and lethargic. So the options are A) let it continue growing into an ugly tree, B) fell it and remove it, or C) move it to a more suitable location.

As I am always up for a challenge, I chose option C. My preferred method will be hand digging and trenching, and if all goes well, excavation and removal by hand. This however is the largest single tree relocation I have ever attempted, the tree is well over twenty foot tall, with a six inch diameter trunk. Stay tuned for more!

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