Are tree branches damaged or cut during tree moving?
We tie up evergreen branches before moving the tree to protect the
branches from damage. We designed and built a branch lifter in 2014 to further protect tree branches. This service is included in the price for moving the tree. This is important because cut or damaged branches will affect the health and appearance of your trees. Some tree movers do not tie up the branches. Be sure to ask about this when having your trees moved.
What size trees can you move?
Depending on tree species, we use a ratio of 1" trunk diameter to 10" dirt diameter. For example, a 4" trunk diameter tree should be moved with a 44" tree spade. We have two sizes of tree spades to move evergreen trees up to 9" trunk diameter and deciduous trees up to 7" diameter.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What time of year is best to move deciduous trees?
For leafing trees, we move in spring approximately April 1 to June 1, and again from mid-September to early December, weather permitting. Deciduous trees are dormant during these times. We do not move them in the middle of the summer while they are putting out new growth as it is too stressful for them.
Do I need to worry about my sidewalks getting damaged?
No. We use large plastic mats with our 90" spade to bridge the sidewalks. Our 44" spade will not damage sidewalks.
Are there any holes left open when the work is done?
No. We use a free standing pod (shown at right) to store the dirt while moving the trees, and then return the dirt to the open hole.
What is the survival rate?
We have a 99% survival rate. We will give you instructions and advice based on what we have experienced to be the best practices in your area. We are very careful about moving the right trees at the right time with the right machine.
Who is responsible for calling in to locate underground utilities?
B&R Tree Moving will call in the request to locate underground utilities. We also carry an underground locator
for private utilities that are not marked by public utility companies.
What time of year is best to move evergreen trees?
For evergreens, we move in spring approximately April 1 to June 1, and again from August 1 to early December, weather permitting. Evergreen trees are dormant during these times. We do not move them in the middle of the summer while they are putting out new growth as it is too stressful for them.
Can I haul trees on my own trailer?
No. Digging a tree with a tree spade keeps the root ball intact. If we place it on a trailer for travel, the root ball disintegrates and leaves a bare root tree. The only proper way to move a tree by trailer is ball and burlap or pod trailer.
What is the proper spacing for my trees?
We recommend planting evergreens approximately 25 feet apart. For deciduous trees, we recommend 30 feet apart depending on species.
How close to my building can you get with your tree spades?
We need about 10 feet between the building and the tree trunk.