Relocating & Transplanting Trees

Relocation and Transplanting

Introducing "The Tree Movers"

Tree transplanting is the moving or relocation of trees. This can be done for several reasons, such as landscaping, site constraints, or preserving trees that would otherwise be removed.

Our award-winning tree transplanting division, The Tree Movers, is the leader in tree transplanting in Australia and overseas. 

The Tree Movers’ reputation in tree transplanting in Sydney and beyond has taken us to 7 countries in 3 different continents. We have been involved with more than 45,000 transplants worldwide, each varying between several hundred kilograms to several hundred tonnes in weight. 

Some of our past projects include Anzac Memorial -Hyde Park, Waves Aquatic Center -Baulkham Hills, San Diego Zoo (largest transplant globally), Disney Land – Hong Kong and Wynne Resorts – Las Vegas.

To transplant a tree, we need a transplant methodology (including a feasibility assessment) and specifications. 


Transplant Consultation

We undertake a feasibility assessment of the transplant. This includes a site visit and a set of notes that explain if the transplant is feasible. This also includes a budget for transplanting the tree/s if the move is feasible. 

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Transplant Specifications & Methodology

We undertake a complete feasibility and methodology assessment and produce the requisite report and specification. This involves a site visit and a more far more detailed report assessing the feasibility of moving the tree, an assessment of the various methods required and the development of suitable specifications for moving the tree.

If the consent authority has requested a report for a transplant, this is what they will be requesting. This is also the document you will need if you are intending to get a series of quotes and you are not familiar with the numerous variables involved in moving a tree. It ensures that each party tendering will be meeting minimum specifications or, if not, in what areas they are not compliant. It also allows you to tweak the specifications based on your priorities.

Unless you advise otherwise and based on our communications with you, we will also provide you a free quote for the method we consider most appropriate.

Our Specialist Transplant Tools

A Tree Spade

What Is A TreeSpade?

A Tree Spade is an ingenious machine used in providing tree transplanting services for Palms and smaller trees. Our largest tree spade, the TS2100, is mounted on a 240hp turbo charged bogie drive truck. The weight of the machine and the truck is about 15.5 tonnes. The front bumper alone weighs nearly 1000kg.

How Does It Work?

There are six hardened steel spades in all. Three spades are fixed and the remaining three form two hinged gates, one of two blades and one of one blade. These are opened, and the truck reversed up to the tree. The gates are then closed around the tree, hydraulically locked. The blades are then pushed into the soil. 

When all six blades are fully inserted, the tree is then lifted out of the ground, and laid down, ready for travel.


What Can A Tree Spade Move?

There is nothing like finding new limits. The TS2100 has been used to move a 18 m high Palm tree. It has also been used to move trees with trunks up to 45 cm in diameter. 

Nearly all Palm and trees with trunk diameters of 15-20 cm are suited to moving via Tree Spade.

At the upper limit, our biggest Tree Spade can carry a palm or tree weighing up to 12.5 tonnes.

Why Use A TreeSpade?

A tree spade is only one method of tree transplanting.

It has several advantages:

  • The system is complete,
  • it digs the hole,
  • digs the tree,
  • transports the tree, and
  • plants the tree.

The spade gently lifts from the underside causing little damage to the tree other than cutting the roots.

Where suitable access is available, it is often the cheapest and the best way of moving trees in the right size range.


What Is Arborlift™?

ArborLift™ is tree-moving at its best. 

Patented in 2014, ArborLift™ has revolutionised the large tree transplanting industry. 

This patented technology allows us to safely relocate trees with root plates in excess of 10 m in diameter with weights exceeding 450 tonnes. Through the employment of a series of inflated pneumatic bladders with extremely low ground bearing pressure installed beneath a rigid lifting platform, ArborLift™ allows for the controlled rolling of giant trees over turf, concrete, and hardscape surfaces with minimal disturbance. ArborLift™ also ensures root plate integrity by eliminating pipe platform deflection. 

Moreover, ArborLift™ substantially reduces the risk when compared to other conventional methods, such as cranes and hydraulic lifting. ArborLift™ is dedicated to engineering large safety margins into their moves. For example: An 8 m bladder can lift as much as 98 tonnes. This has a 6 to 1 safety margin, and when moving, there will always be at least 3 bladders under the tree.

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