Even though we take a lot of care while transplanting trees, they tend to get stressed as they adjust to their new homes. This is what arborists call transplant shock and this term encapsulates the whole range of problems the plant can experience after they are transplanted.

Tree transplant shock recovery

It is tough for trees when they are going through transplant shock but it is not something they cannot bounce back from. All that is needed is for you to know the symptoms and the recovery techniques and sufficient time.

Some telltale signs of a tree in shock are:

  • Leaves dropping
  • Leaf scorch
  • Premature fall color
  • Brown leaf tips
  • Stunted flower and twig growth
  • Budding in late spring
  • Branch dieback

Is the tree in shock or dead?

Trees in shock and dead trees are deceptively similar. There exists an easy way to tell the difference. Pick a twig from the tree and scratch it with a pocket knife or with the finger. If the twig is bright green and moist underneath, your precious tree is alive!

How to save a dying tree that has been transplanted?

The main reason that trees struggle after being transplanted is that they lose a massive amount of their root systems while being moved from their original place. Sometimes up to 95% of the roots are lost. To make a tough situation tougher, the roots are often left dry. You can help make a difference with this. Firstly you need to hydrate roots with at least 1 inch of water every week. Secondly you need to add a two to four inch deep layer of mulch just a few inches away from the trunk.

If hydration is not doing the trick then we need to track back to when you first planted the tree. See if the hole is the right size because it is very important for the planting hole to be 2-3 times the spread of the roots of the tree. It should also be deep enough for the root flare.

If all else fails, you might need to replant the tree again. While this is stressful for the tree, sometimes it can spell the difference between life and death of the tree. The very last step in a transplant process is loads of patience. A lot of trees take up to 2 or more years to rid themselves of all stress symptoms. At times it may take 5 years for the tree to recover. If you are looking for tree services, search for tree services Austin, Austin, Texas, tree services, tree services Austin, Texas, or tree services.

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