Frequently Asked Questions

Who is responsible for locating underground utilities?

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B&R Tree Moving will call in the request to locate underground utilities. We also carry an underground locator for private utilities that are not marked by public utility companies.

What size trees can you move?

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Depending on tree species, we use a ratio of 1" trunk diameter to 10" dirt diameter. For example, a 4" trunk diameter tree should be moved with a 44" tree spade. We have two sizes of tree spades to move evergreen trees up to 9" trunk diameter and deciduous trees up to 7" diameter.

Are there any holes left open when the work is done?

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   No. We use a free standing pod (shown above) to store the dirt while moving the trees, and then return the dirt to the open hole. 

Can I haul trees on my own trailer?

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 No. Digging a tree with a tree spade keeps the root ball intact. If we place it on a trailer for travel, the root ball disintegrates and leaves a bare root tree. The only proper way to move a tree by trailer is by ball-and-burlap or pod trailer. 

Are tree branches damaged or cut during tree moving?

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We tie up evergreen branches before moving the tree to protect the branches from damage. We even designed and built a branch lifter in 2014 to further protect tree branches. This service is included in the price for moving the tree. This is important because cut or damaged branches will affect the health and appearance of your trees. Some tree movers do not tie up the branches. Be sure to ask about this when having your trees moved.

Do I need to worry about my sidewalks being damaged?

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No. We use large plastic mats with our 90" spade to bridge the sidewalks. Our 44" spade will not damage sidewalks. 

How close to my building can you plant trees?

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We need about 10 feet between the building and the tree trunk. This space is necessary for us to operate the tree spade, and will also protect your building from roots and branches as your tree grows.

What time of year is best to move trees?

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For evergreens, we move in spring approximately April 1 to June 1, and again from August 1 to early December, weather permitting. For leafing trees, we move in spring approximately April 1 to June 1, and again from mid-September to early December, weather permitting. The trees are dormant during these times. We do not move them in the middle of the summer while they are putting out new growth as it is stressful for the tree. 

Do the trees you move always survive?

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We have a 99% survival rate. We will give you instructions and advice based on what we have experienced to be the best practices in your area. We are very careful about moving the right trees at the right time with the right machine. We will answer any questions you have about tree care.

What is the proper spacing for my trees?

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 We recommend planting evergreens approximately 25 feet apart. For deciduous trees, we recommend at least 30 feet apart, depending on species.