Here at Menchhofer Tree Care in Indianapolis, we get this question a lot: Can I replant an uprooted tree?
The answer is, “Yes.” However, it can be quite difficult, much more difficult than planting the tree in the first place. It is important to get to the task as soon as possible, as the roots are very sensitive. If you can’t get to them immediately, cover the roots with a black polythene sheeting. When you do have the time, there are some important steps to follow for replant an uprooted tree.
Replanting an Uprooted Tree Guide
Step 1: Move it Straight
Make sure you start by standing the tree upright again. Save yourself the stress of having to create a new hole by putting it back where it originally stood. Even if none of the roots are still in tact, just planting the tree in its original hole will mean less shock for the tree and its roots.
Step 2: Use Props
Make sure you hold the tree straight in the hole with some props. You will need to leave these up for at least a few months until the tree is sturdy in the ground.
Step 3: Fill the Hole
Refilling the hole can cause damage, so use care when doing this step. Break the soil up into fine pieces and sprinkle it back into place gently. Gently tap the soil down so that it doesn’t wash away.
Step 4: Water
Make sure you saturate the soil in and around the hole. This will push the soil down further, making the tree sturdier and have a better chance of survival. Make sure none of the soil washes away by doing this with a watering can or bucket instead of a hose.
Step 5: Pruning
Make sure you look for any signs of distress. You tree will likely have dead spots – make sure you trim and care for them appropriately. You should also make sure that you keep every healthy leaf possible, as they are providing energy to the tree.
If you have any questions at all about replanting your uprooted tree, give us a call! We might be able to tell you if the tree is salvageable and help you through the process. Once your tree is replanted, if you want to give us a call for pruning, we will be able to help give you the best results possible!
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