There are many considerations when looking at transplanting. Let’s look at the top two on my list:
These two considerations should help you make an informed and practical decision.
I should mention too that sometimes plants have sentimental value and that can certainly weigh-in to your decision.
Illustrated in these photos is the art of “drum-lacing”.
This process is done completely by hand, however occasionally a machine might help dig the trench surrounding the root ball.
As you might suspect this method is a labor intensive process.
For example, I would estimate the cost to transplant the ‘Montgomery’ Blue Spruce pictured below at approximately $600 – $750 .
This is how you might justify the cost:
The decision to transplant is not always this obvious and sometimes requires more analysis and contemplation.
Also, keep in mind that typically transplants are not guaranteed, whereas in most instances new plantings are.
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Landscapes are complex, and shortcomings anywhere in the process can affect the project… and your peace of mind.
My approach is process-oriented. I break things down from planning to implementation — and make sure everyone is kept informed.
My goal is to alleviate concerns such as design decisions, costs, workmanship and material quality. I want folks to stress less and actually enjoy the process.
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