Imagine a situation where you are settled well in a city with a good job. One fine day, you are told that you have to shift to another city. What would be your first reaction? I'm certain it would not exactly be very positive and there would be a sort of resistance to the change. It is difficult for us to adapt to a new situation immediately. We do adapt to it if it is for our own good, but we do not want to unsettle our lives either. Now, try and apply this situation to plants. With regards to plants, this would be called transplanting, wouldn't it? Transplanting trees simply means moving and uprooting them from one place and planting them in other place. It is a part of landscaping, and this is what we are going to talk about in this article.
Determining the Cost
- Size of the Tree:
Needless to say, the size of the transplanted tree would obviously have an impact on the cost of the procedure. If it is not a considerably big tree, then cost would obviously be less. If the tree is big, then it will mean more labor and work, and hence the cost will rise.
- Distance and Access to Transplanting Site:
Another important deciding factor affecting the cost is the distance between the current position of the tree and the place where it is to be transplanted. How easily the site can be accessed is another factor that influences the cost. If the approach road is too bad, naturally it is going to cost you more than if it were easy and convenient. Time needed for reaching the site also is a deciding factor.
- Digging Conditions:
When it comes to tree transplantation, it is natural that the analysis of the digging conditions on the site is going to be done. If leveling of the area or making it conducive to the transplanting process is needed, you may have to shell out a little more money on your gardening. Related factors to this are pre-dig or post dig-site site work requirements.
- Number of Trees:
How many trees you want to transplant is another factor. More trees obviously means more expense. Likewise, the species of the plant will also determine how much you pay.
The factors mentioned above will eventually decide the cost of tree transplantation. To add to that, the cost of moving different tree varies, hence it is really difficult to say the exact amount one would be required to pay. Local conditions too cannot be forgotten in this regard. Most probably, you would buy the plant from a nursery and even though prices vary, be ready to pay a minimum of USD 150-200 for a local tree species that are between 7 to 10 years old. As against this, the cost of transplanting a tree that is not native to the area may run in the range of USD 350-550.
To talk about the transportation and moving, some operators may charge per hour (may be USD 60-70), while some may have a basic charge, adding the extra according to the mileage. Yet some operators would give you the price for the whole procedure. If it is bulk transplantation that you need, you can expect a discount. For instance, if moving cost for one tree is USD 100, you can get six of them transplanted for a transportation charge of, maybe, USD 70 a piece.
This is just an approximation, and not the specific cost. The charges seem to be more or less dependent on the locality you stay in.