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Question DetailsAsked on 2/19/2014

Are there any tree services, landscapers, or arborists that will move trees?

I have 3 fairly small crabapples (approximately 1.5 years old, approximately 4 inch diameter trunks, approximately 6-7 feet tall) that I would like moved from my back yard to my side yard. I can't seem to find anyone who is willing to do anything other than just cut them down. I hate to do this because they are nice trees, they just no longer belong where they were originally planted due to poor planning on our part. Any suggestions?

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Most companies that will do this are not landscapers, but rather tree companies with state certified arborists on staff.

A 4" dia. trunk does have substantial roots - some will have to be cut during removal. There should be plently in the "root ball" for the trees to re-establish themselves.

It takes a lot of work (just moved a Japanese Maple with ~4" dia. trunk) to get the tree out! It is easy to replant it - no guarantees, but high propablity of high success. These are the two major reasons why tree savy Tree Service conpanies don't offer the service.

Most requests come in for sentimental trees or rare (or expensive) trees the same size as yours. The biggest fear is that all won't bounce back and you will blast them on Yelp OR ANGIES List. By the way - the holes from the original locations are your resposibility, of course you can pay to remedy this but most people we find don't.

So you have to decide if it is worth the labor charge and the risk that MAYBE one of the 4 might not make it next year. For apple trees, ecomomically, it is cheaper to cut down the trees and buy new ones.

Get estimates from arborist at your state's licensed arborist association's web site - easy to google. We do it, but at a charge, also the very large national company Bartlet Tree will, yet they are exceptionally expesive - yet can and will do most anything. (Hats off to them.)

Good luck.

Source: Madden Tree, Inc.

Answered 5 years ago by help1968

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