How to Move a Mature Tree
If you want your space to have an instant feeling of maturity, you can transplant large mature trees to the area. Mature trees can be moved with the help of a mechanical tree spade. If you are moving a smaller tree you can hand dig and then transport it in burlap or a box.
You can harvest trees from their natural environment with the wielding method. Over three years sections of the roots are dug up, then trimmed and then backfilled using organic materials. When you dig up the root ball it can remove up to 95% of absorbing roots. This means you have to do it very carefully so that you do not stress out the tree. If you dig during the dormant season, the tree will not be growing so the root system has an opportunity to recover before it must supply the trunk/canopy with nutrients and water next growing season.
When you are transplanting you need to make sure that you are keeping the root ball moist. The soil that surrounds the root ball also needs to be moist after the transplant occurs, but do not over water because this will actually kill your tree faster than under watering will.
Some tree species are much more tolerant of being moved than others. Birch, Magnolia and Dogwood do not do well with relocating. Hackberry, Alder, Planetree, Elm, Linden, Pear, Pinoak and Honeylocust all take moves okay.
After you have moved the large tree you will require guy wires to be put into place to hold the tree in place while the roots begin to establish themselves. Inspect the wires and their connections often to make sure they are not damaging the trunk.
It is not a good idea to use fertilizers when you transplant because it can increase the risk to your tree of experiencing transplant shock.
You can always hire tree care professionals to move your tree for you.