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1 Strengthening our Community Tree Canopy Through Education Module #8: Transplanting Trees & Palms in the Urban Landscape Laura Sanagorski, Environmental Horticulture Extension Faculty

2 Strengthening Our Community Tree Canopy 2012 Urban Forestry Series This series is a part of a project titled “Strengthening Our Community Tree Canopy Through Education”. This project is made possible by a grant through the 2011 National Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the Florida Forest Service.

3 Transplanting Trees & Palms in the Urban Landscape

4 Transplanting Trees “The size of trees that can be relocated is limited only by personal will and financial resources…” (Harris, Clark, & Matheny, 2004) Photo: UF Laura Sanagorski

5 Transplanting Trees “As a general rule, small plants transplant more successfully” (Harris, Clark, & Matheny, 2004) Photo: UF Laura Sanagorski

6 Methods of Transplanting  Ball-in Burlap At least times trunk diameter at 6” above soil Depth determined by root density  Bare Root Ball  Frozen Root Ball*  Bare root* * Not in South Florida! Photo: Stephen Davis

7 Transplanting – Time of Year  Year-round in South Florida  Spring - move before top growth begins Photo: Joe Murray, Treebio.com, Bugwood.org

8 Transplanting - After  Mature trees need to re-establish in new location – 3-4 months per 1” caliper - Very similar to planting young trees!  Ensure first order root is 10% height of rootball above grade  Provide adequate irrigation Photo: UF Laura Sanagorski

9 Transplanting Palms

10  Usually, root pruning isn’t necessary, except for valuable or difficult to transplant palms (4-6 weeks prior)  Root ball should extend 8 inches beyond trunk for single palms less than 16 ft. tall  Circling roots in palms – not a concern  Dig moistened soil by hand or spade  Keep root balls moist Photo: UF Laura Sanagorski

11 Transporting Palms  Remove ½ - 2/3 of oldest fronds prior to moving to reduce surface area (water loss)  Remaining fronds speed root regeneration  All fronds can be removed from Sabal palms Photo: UF Laura Sanagorski

12 Transporting Palms  Remaining leaves should be tied together to prevent damage  Splints should be used for large trees with soft wood and heavy crown, or very slender palms  Large palms should only be lifted with slings Photo: UF Laura Sanagorski

13 Planting palms - depth Photos: UF Laura Sanagorski

14 Strengthening our Community Tree Canopy Through Education Module #8: Transplanting Trees & Palms in the Urban Landscape Laura Sanagorski, Environmental Horticulture Extension Faculty


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