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Hello, I am Monica Grimbles. I recently tore up all of the grass outside of my home to create a fully edible landscape. The ability to eat all of the plants growing in my garden helps my family's journey to self-sustainability. After all, relying on the supermarket may not always be an option. Even if it is, the food you grow in your yard just tastes and feels so much better. I also like that I do not have to tend the grass to keep the yard green. I change out the plants each year to keep the yard looking fresh and renewed. I will share my plant selections, planting techniques and tools on this site to help others create an edible landscape. I will also discuss all of the ways our professional landscaper helped out with this fun project. Please come back soon.

Exploring Edible Landscape Designs

Transplanting A Tree On Your Own

by Eugene Jones

If you have a small tree in your yard that you wish to move to another location, you will need to take necessary steps in ensuring its health is not put at risk during the procedure. Trees are prone to shock if they are not eased from their original habitat to a new one, making it important to take precautions to ease the tree into a new spot. Here are some tips to consider when transplanting a small tree on your own.

Plan The Timing

Trees do not fare well when they are moved during their active growth spurt times. The best time to move a tree is in the wintertime when it is completely dormant. If you wait until a tree starts budding in the springtime, it is at risk for shock from being moved. This can kill a tree. Plan the move during the winter when there is no snow or ice covering the ground. The best time is when the temperature is a bit above freezing so you will be able to dig the soil without restriction.

Determine The New Spot

Before removing the tree from its current location, you will need to have a definitive spot where it will be placed. Look for an area on your property with similar soil so the tree will be able to adapt to the new ground easily. Make sure the new area is not near other trees or plants that would be completing for nutrients with the new tree. Place the tree in a spot away from power lines, structures, or underground tanks so the tree is not restricted in any way as it roots and grows.

Prepare The Area

Dig a large hole where you plan on placing the new tree. Make sure it is wide enough to contain all of its roots so you are not stuck trying to make the hole bigger when the tree is ready to be planted. Place the dirt in a pile to be reused after the tree is in its new spot. Fill the hole with water the day before you intend on moving the tree. This allows the ground to moisten so the tree has ample water supply to help it thrive when it is moved.

Move The Tree

Dig around the perimeter of the tree to help loosen the roots from the soil. In spots where the roots are too thick, an ax can be used to help free the tree from the ground. Gently ease the tree to a horizontal position on the ground. Cover the root ball with a wet piece of burlap. Have a friend or two help you carry the tree to the new location. Remove the burlap when you are ready to place the tree in the new hole. Push the dirt around the tree's perimeter until the tree appears to be standing straight. To help keep the ground moisturized, place some mulch around the tree stump.

If you are not comfortable moving a tree on your own, contact a a tree care company, like Arborcare Tree Service, to help you with transplanting your tree. 

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