How To Prepare Your Trees For Moving Day

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t give a lot of thought to your trees until they need to be trimmed or taken down. However, if you’re planning on moving soon, it’s important to give some advance thought to how you’ll move your trees.  Arborlift can help you move your trees safely and efficiently, with minimal damage to your property. With a little bit of preparation, you can ensure that your trees make it to your new home safe and sound. Here’s what you need to do:

1. Choose the right time of year.

The best time to move trees is during the dormant season, which runs from late fall through early spring. This is when tree roots are less active, making it easier to dig them up without damaging the tree. Additionally, the leaves will be off the tree, so it will be easier to transport.  It is also important to choose a time when the weather is not too hot or too cold, as extreme temperatures can stress trees and make them more susceptible to damage.

2. Select the right size tree.

When choosing which trees to take with you, be sure to select ones that are a manageable size. It’s important to remember that once a tree is transplanted, it will likely not grow as large as it would have in its original location. As such, it’s better to choose a smaller tree that you can easily manage than a larger one that will become unmanageable over time.

3. Prune your trees before you move them.

 This step is important for two reasons. First, pruning will help reduce the overall size of the tree, making it easier to transport. Second, pruning will help encourage new growth once the tree is transplanted, allowing it to adjust quickly to its new environment.

4. Water your trees regularly during transport.

 Trees require a lot of water—up to 100 gallons per day for large specimens—so be sure to water them frequently during transport and for several weeks after they’ve been transplanted. Once they’re established in their new location, they’ll require less water but will still need deep watering once per week during dry periods.


With a little bit of planning and preparation, you can successfully move your trees with you when you relocate. Be sure to choose the right time of year, select manageable specimens, prune before you move, and water regularly during transport and for several weeks afterward. By following these tips, you can ensure that your trees make a smooth transition to their new home!