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Defective Nursery Stock
Friday, September 13th, 2013

Common Landscape Problems that are Preventable   Defective plant material and improper planting procedures are some very common problems directly related to tree failures and lack of a landscape to thrive.   There is not much worse than wasting labor and money installing and maintaining a defective plant/s for months or years only to have [&hellip

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Successful Relocation of Large Trees
Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Blog Post by Kerry Norman The successful relocation of large trees is both a remarkable and difficult feat. There is definitely an art to it. Tree moving, which allows the addition of mature trees to landscaping projects, has become a popular practice to beautify or otherwise enhance large and small-scale developments. I have been involved [&hellip

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Reestablishment
Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Blog Post by Kerry Norman As stated earlier, my remarks regarding responses to relocation are relevant primarily to Quercus agrifolia. The reestablishment period of relocated trees varies widely among species. Trees reestablish their root to shoot balance by first regenerating root at the expense of shoot growth. Therefore, some trees may have a period of [&hellip

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Pest & Disease Problems
Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Blog Post by Kerry Norman Root loss associated with tree relocation causes stress, increasing susceptiblity to certain insect and disease pests. Careful monitoring for the signs and symptoms of developing pest problems is needed to prevent or minimize such problems. When dealing with pest problems “the best defense is a good offense”. It is preferable [&hellip

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Maintenance & Irrigation
Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Blog Post by Kerry Norman These two procedures, I believe, are the most critical factors in the success and survival of relocated trees. Trees are particularly sensitive to soil moisture levels, following the loss of often more than 80 percent of the root system. The need for supplemental water greatly increases due to the reduced [&hellip

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Planting
Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Blog Post by Kerry Norman The planting of relocated trees is fairly straightforward. When working with large trees remember to install guy wires during planting to reduce the risk of the trees toppling. The planting pit dimensions will normally be one to three feet larger than the root ball and up to six inches shallower [&hellip

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Cabling/Guy Wires
Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Blog Post by Kerry Norman Stabilizing trees during the establishment period to prevent toppling is an extremely important topic when discussing tree relocation , it can determine success or failure. In addition, a falling tree may affect others nearby. Obviously, root anchorage is severely compromised during the boxing process, and for this reason all relocated [&hellip

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Fertilization, Supplements & Soils
Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Blog Post by Kerry Norman I have seen little in the way of fertilizers or supplements that provide a noticeable or significant difference in the survival of relocated trees during the critical period, 30 to 60 days after boxing. I believe, and there is a general consensus within the industry, that fertilization and the use [&hellip

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Defining a Good Candidate & Box Size
Friday, April 29th, 2011

Blog Post by Kerry Norman Defining a Good Candidate The first step in tree relocation is to conduct a comprehensive inspection of the tree and site to determine the likelihood of it surviving and thriving following relocation. The tree must be healthy and vigorous, showing no indications of stress. Structural integrity is also critical because [&hellip

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Preparation & Pruning
Friday, April 29th, 2011

Blog Post by Kerry Norman Preparation Removing a major portion of the root system during the boxing process effectively induces drought stress. Although not a generally accepted practice, I’m convinced that drought stress in trees to be relocated can be significantly reduced by thoroughly irrigating them 2-3 times within a two to three-week period prior [&hellip

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