Sure! Transplanting trees, while it isn’t exactly child’s play, also isn’t rocket science. You just have to be prepared, be careful, and be willing to put in the work to make sure the tree is successful in its new home. The good news is that pine trees are pretty tough, so they’re a good choice for transplanting. This is also a good time of year to transplant (assuming you’re not too far north), as the tree will need over a month of unfrozen ground to get settled. In order to keep the tree out of the ground for as little time as possible, make sure you dig your hole before you dig up the tree, and make sure the hole is big enough (I strongly recommend overestimating the diameter of the roots). When you remove the tree from its orginial spot, dig up as much of the roots as possible, and while you’re transporting it, wrap the roots in something damp to protect them from the elements. If you can, keep at least some of the soil on the roots. When you put the tree in its new home, fill in the hole with both compost and soil to ensure that the tree is properly nourished during its initial transition period. Give it plenty of water for the first few weeks and keep an eye on it to make sure it stays healthy.
A lot of times if you purchase a tree from a nursery, you will notice that the roots are kind of in the shape of a ball. This makes it so it’s easier for the tree to survive being moved from one place to the next. The trees out in the woods won’t have their roots like this, so you have to make sure you don’t disturb them too much to prevent the tree from going into shock.
I found a tip online that you should cut about 1/3 of the brances off of the tree that you are transplanting. This way, there will be a smaller amount of leaves that will grow back in the next season, creating less stress for the tree.
Another thing that may help is mycorrhizal fungi supplements. Mycorrhizal fungi are common in the forest environment. They contribute to water and nutrient uptake. There are mycorrhizal supplements available from a variety of sources. I listed one below.
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