When you need to dig up, transplant, or remove a tree, it is important to first tie up the branches properly. Tying up the lower sections of branches prior to tree removal helps to avoid damages to tree limbs and gives you a better workspace and view during the digging process. Branches that are not tied, or tied properly, will get in your way while you try to dig, scratch up your arms, and potentially break off. Continue reading to a brief guide to tying up tree branches for digging.
Tree tying involves tying up branches from the bottom sections of the tree, and working your way upwards. In order to do this, you will need string or rope that is strong enough to get this job done. Be sure to purchase a decent quality tree twine, or string. The larger the tree branches, the thicker the twine should be. Some people choose to use two different types of twine, which is perfectly acceptable and entirely based on personal preference. Be sure you have a pair of gloves in case you are working with an evergreen or pine.
Keep in mind that tree transplants should be done in the early spring following the seasonal thaw, or in the late fall prior to the ground thawing. You want to transplant a tree before the buds bloom, or before it goes dormant for the winter and the ground refreezes. If you choose to do this in the fall, be sure the leaves on the tree have already dropped before digging it up.
Here’s What To Do:
1. Find a North-Facing Branch. Tie a piece of string around it so that you know which direction it should be facing when it comes time to replant it. Failing to do so can result in tree sunburns or sun scalding.
2. Tie a Piece of Twine Around the Trunk Where it Meets the Soil. This will remind you how far to place the tree into the ground when replanting it.
3. Find a Bottom Branch. Tie twine around it and leave the string reel open-ended so you can continue twisting it around the tree.
4. Twist and Pull Twine Upwards. As you pull the twine around the tree, gently fold the branches upwards against the trunk and in the same direction. Be careful not to break any limbs. However, it’s not detrimental to the tree if you do break a few.
5. Tie Twine in a Loop. Once you reach the top of the tree, tie the twine into a loop.
For professional tree transplanting assistance, contact a qualified tree service company in your neighborhood. They can offer prompt and proficient tree services at an affordable price.