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TREE MOVING SPECS.

Purpose
To transplant existing trees on site using a mechanical treespade or to transport trees from existing site to a separate site.

Contractor
A company which earns the majority of its revenue from the transplanting and installing of trees using mechanical treespade and has adequate knowledge of existing conditions relevant to the area.

Treespade
Shall be capable of digging and transplanting trees with the greatest amount of roots in a solid earth ball. The minimum size to be ten inches for each caliper inch of tree. When tree is to be moved in leaf, watering should be done during the digging operation and also after setting the tree in its final location. 200 gallons per caliper inch is a average for summer digging.

Staking
Staking of trees larger than three inch caliper should be completed with three earth augers of at least thirty inches in length turned into the ground at the same angle as the new wire. The wire should be a minimum of 9 gauge, and at all contact area with tree branching or trunk, should pass inside of a thick walled flexible rubber tube with a minimum half inch diameter. Trees under the three inch size can be staked using the proper stake kits available thru nursery suppliers or by use of a 2X2 hardwood stake installed at a angle to support tree during high winds.

Backfill
After spades have been removed from the newly planted tree, any air pockets and slices left between the new rootball and the existing grade should be filled with topsoil and tamped to meet existing grade. Any roots that are outside the rootball should be pruned using proper pruning

Mulching
After the installation of the tree, all grass and small brush should be removed from the rootball along with any sucker growth at the base of the tree. Three inches of shredded hardwood mulch should be applied over the entire rootball.

Pruning
In some cases the ratio of remaining roots after the transplanting to the existing branches has changed and will need to be adjusted by thinning the existing crown of the tree.