If you’ve ever gazed at a treasured tree on your property and thought, “it would look so much better over there,” you’re not alone!
Davey blog reader James from California had this same idea about a pair of large palm trees in his back yard. James thought his palms might look better in the front, so he reached out to ask if it was worth the cost to move one or both of the trees.
So exactly how much does it cost to transplant a tree? Keep reading to find out what factors go into an estimate.
There’s no universal cost for tree transplanting service. Instead, tree care professionals use specifics about your plant and your property to come up with an estimate.
“We consider a number of factors to arrive at an estimate for tree transplanting,” explains Travis McDonald from Davey’s South Minneapolis, Minnesota office. Cost varies based on things like the size of the tree and the location of the tree, whether we can get a tree spade to it, or does it required special equipment or large crew to manually dig and prepare the root zone for transport to its new location.“
Before an arborist hands over an estimate, they’ll get into the nitty-gritty details of the job, including:
Transplanting is a complex and often risky process, so you want to be sure you’re putting the work in the hands of a professionally trained arborist.
Start by researching local tree service companies, and then check to make sure the company is licensed, insured and accredited. This handy blog post has tips on choosing a company with the right credentials.