How a Tree Transplanting Earns Attention and Respect

How a Tree Transplanting Earns Attention and Respect

The breeze weaves faint whispers of birds singing, tractors humming and leaves rustling through the young, slender branches of the trees lining the countryside for acres upon acres. Rows of growing trees blanket the land in groves, ranging from tiny seedlings to more mature specimens with modest canopies.

The Davey Nursery cultivates several varieties of trees for the benefit of landscapers within Northeast Ohio and beyond to neighboring states. But one special tree, standing tall and strong among more than 300 acres of groves, received special treatment to prepare its fate as the marking to its permanent-and significant-location just a little more than 50 miles away.

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A Davey crew member uses a spade truck to lift the pin oak from the ground to transport it to Kent State University.

So, how did that 8-inch caliper pin oak tree make its way from Wooster, Ohio, all the way to Kent? Follow its journey from nursery specimen to partnership tree below:

  1. Picking just the right tree. First, Davey Nursery Branch Manager Rick Hanshaw selected a robust, healthy specimen for the ceremonial tree planting. The partnership tree is an 8-inch caliper pin oak.
  2. Preparing the planting site. In preparation for the tree planting, Davey crews dug a hole of the right proportions at the appointed site.
  3. Digging the tree from the ground.Crews then carefully dug the tree in Wooster and prepared it for the move.
  4. Bringing the tree to Kent. After preparing it for the journey, the crew transported the tree to the site at the Esplanade.
  5. Placing the tree back in the ground. Once at the site, the crew slowly lowered the tree into the hole.
  6. Creating a great growing environment. Now that the tree is finally situated in its new home, the crew did everything it could to ensure the tree's health, including adding new soil and deeply watering the tree.
  7. An enduring symbol of partnership. After a final pruning and general cleanup of the area, the tree is now set to grow for the next 100 years.
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A Davey Nursery spade truck transports the partnership tree from the nursery in Wooster, Ohio, to Kent State University's campus.

Trees, like people, vary by appearance, traits, background-and location. While some trees grow freely in the depths of the forest, accepting and adapting to the placement Mother Nature determined, others grow in spaces more visible to the human lifestyle-in planters, along streetscapes, within parking lot islands and in local parks and residencies.

Whether a tree receives daily attention from passersby, and whether a tree experiences special recognition for the ground in which its rooted, all trees matter.

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A Davey crew member backfills the partnership tree at its permanent location on Kent State University's campus.

Davey's donated pin oak tree will forever recognize the public-private partnership of the City of Kent and Kent State University on several development projects. Its permanent location on the lawn surrounding Kent State's recently expanded Esplanade commemorates the new gateway highlighting Kent as a "Rising College Town." A dedication ceremony occurred on the eve of Kent State's Homecoming, Oct. 4.

  • The Tree Doctor May 7, 2018 >Hi Nakho, I went ahead and sent your request over to your local office. They will reach out to you as soon as they can to schedule a free consultation. Here is the link to their local web page in case you want to contact them sooner: Thank you for reaching out. Here if you have any more questions, Nakho.
  • Nakho Sung May 4, 2018 >Like to move two trees within my front yard. About 30 and 50 yards.
  • Susan Collacott July 20, 2017 >Move a twentyear old desert willow from a front garden, nine houses down the street to a new garden similar position to the sun.
  • The Tree Doctor June 19, 2017 >Hi Mark! We would be happy to provide you an estimate. Thanks for contacting us. I’ve passed along your request to your local office, so they should be reaching out soon to set up an appointment. Or if you’d prefer, you can contact them at 518.618.3642 or Either way, talk more soon, Mark.
  • Mark Noe June 16, 2017 >I have a 15-18 foot spruce tree growing toward power lines. I would like to transplant it to my front yard. Can you give me an estimate?
  • The Tree Doctor May 26, 2017 >Hi Gary. We do, in fact, transplant trees. If you want to talk more about transplanting your sunset maples, give us a call at 831-291-5341 or fill out this online form here: Thanks for reaching out to Davey, Gary.
  • The Tree Doctor May 26, 2017 >Hello to you and all of you at Oak Pointe. Thanks for reaching out to Davey for help moving your flowering crabapple trees. You can connect with your local office by calling 763.515.2822 or filling out this form: Talk more soon, Mel.
  • Mel Eshelman May 13, 2017 >I am representing Oak Pointe neighbors, a small town home association. we have lost about 5 or 6 flowering crabapple trees, and have that many on our property that we would like moved, they have a tree width of 4 to 5 inches and about 10 to 15 feet high . could someone contact me at 612-961-5989 Thanks Mel Eshelman
  • gary stock April 26, 2017 >Hello, I have two sunset maples in my back yard, which I no longer want. They are approx 10-15 feet tall. I hate to take them down, so was wondering if you can transplant them somewhere, or know of a company that will. Basically, I'm trying to find them a home! Thank you. Gary Stock
  • The Tree Doctor October 14, 2016 >Hi there, William. Thanks for reaching out to Davey for help transplanting your Norway spruce trees. Unfortunately, we don't offer residential tree care in your neck of the woods. Sorry! Here if you have any more questions. Wishing you and your trees all the best, William.
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