Bare Root Transplanting

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Bare-Root Transplanting  [click images to enlarge]
The 1st photo (black & white): Large specimen shade tree being bare root transplanted in the late 1800's with a Hick's tree mover. From this photo we have learned that bare root transplanting out dates conventional methods of ball and burlap. By employing this method we effectively uncover the mysteries of the root system, considered by Matt Foti to be a major advantage that ensures proper replanting depth and tree survival. This photo is reprinted with permission from the Special Collections Dept., Iowa State university for educational purposes.

Photos 2 and 3 (above): 6" sugar maple, fall 2010.


Japanese Katsura Transplant   [click images to enlarge]

  1. Japanese Katsura at Umass Amherst campus before transplant August 2012. This Katsura has a 20 trunk diameter; it was donated several years ago and needed to be moved to make way for building construction. We decided that the bare root method would be the best approach to ensure survival.
  2. We started this transplant in December 2012 during dormancy. We now make a trench that retains 15 of root mass per 1 of trunk diameter so this root mass is 25 in diameter.
  3. Soil excavation with compressed air excavation tool retains almost the entire root system.
  4. We pony tail tie the roots.
  5. Tree in transport, we moved the tree about 600 to an area outside the proposed construction zone.
  6. Follow up in August 2013; we like to say “it didn’t skip a beat”.  The tree was excavated in one day and moved to its new location by noon the second day.


Weeping Hornbean Transplant   [click images to enlarge]

  1. We bare root transplanted this Weeping Hornbean with a trunk diameter of 10 at The Federal Reserve Bank in downtown Boston.
  2. Transplant was done in early June 2012. The leaves were just starting to emerge and were the size of mouse ears.
  3. Ready for transplant from the Summer Street side of the bank.
  4. Installed in its new location in a raised planter on the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Congress Street
  5. In full leaf August 2012


Kousa Dogwood   [click images to enlarge]

  1. Large specimen kousa dogwood in flower before transplanting, June 2010
  2. Same tree during transplant late August 2010


Wellesley Transplant   [click images to enlarge]
A 40-45 foot tall, 12-13" trunk diameter London Plane tree was bare root transplanted in full leaf 3rd week of July 09'.


Fern Leaf Beech Transplant   [click images to enlarge]

From left to right:

  1. Excavating soil with compressed air, 8" trunk diameter fern leaf beech.
  2. Placing tree on hay bales on trailer for transport.
  3. Beech in leaf at its new home.


Pagoda Dogwood Transplant   [click images to enlarge]

From left to right:

  1. Pagoda dogwood (2-2.5" trunk diameter) late May, in leaf and flowering-before transplant.
  2. Same tree bare root, ready for transport. Conventional methods would require a 20-24" root ball, removing 75% of the root mass.
  3. The root mass is 8ft across.


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