Asked on Mar 29, 2013

Can these 2 trees be safely moved?

Barbara RMarion NesbittPatti


These 2 trees are too close to our house and they've killed all our grass. I don't know what kind they are but they're 8 years old and the limbs are starting to scrape against the house. I hate to cut them down because they're nice trees but they can't stay where they are. Would they survive being moved this time of year? If so, I may try to give them away or relocate them but as you see, I have no shortage of trees. If not, I guess I'll just cut them.
11 answers
  • Miriam I
    on Mar 29, 2013

    Tagging a few pros who may be able to help @Southern Trillium LLC @360 Sod (Donna Dixson)

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on Mar 30, 2013

    If they have been in the ground for 8 years, it will be difficult to get enough root to give a good chance of surviving the transplant. You would need to get a professional to move them, who probably will not warranty the transplant this time of year, if at all. I don't think it would be worth the difficulty and expense to attempt to move them. I would remove and replace. You can always save some of the wood for a project so that you won't totally waste the tree. Make some of those cute Christmas tree ornaments someone posted a few months back.....

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Mar 30, 2013

    You see plantings like this and just want to say, "What were they thinking?" I think Four Seasons is exactly right that it's time to say goodbye to those trees. Please plant something nice in their place, and away from the house!

  • Susan Shiptoski
    on Aug 16, 2013

    They are easily cut down, and a tree cutting service could do that for you. To move them you need a backhoe , which is what they use at garden centers to get as much of the root ball as possible. They also do it with Christmas trees. Weigh the cost of tree removal, over tree re-location.

  • Lisa Brady
    on Aug 17, 2013

    The trees near the house will definitely have to go,they are going to cause you a lot of problems in the future if left as they suck all the moisture from the building cracks will start appearing.So look at is as prevention for much higher costs in the future and use every single bit be it for mulch or for one of the many projects that can be found on Pintrest and Hometalk .So you feel that it wasn't just a terrible costly experience.A carpet of Bluebells would do well around that area.You will have so many options with that space.

  • Peg
    on Sep 23, 2013

    I would remove all trees near your home. I live in a wooded neighborhood & have seen trees drop on homes thru all kinds of storms. They are so easy to cut down with a chainsaw. Ask your friends if they have one & maybe they will cut them down for you/

  • Paula Kay
    on Sep 25, 2013

    you need a grass that does well in shaded areas, like st. augustine. most grass needs sun, but they are some that thrive in the shade. i live in texas my yard is well shaded but i have beautiful st. augustine and it keeps spreading

  • Don Payne
    on Oct 20, 2013

    cut them down and replace them with something like evergreens that are slow growing.

  • Patti
    on Nov 14, 2013

    check with an arborist. if healthy and you want to save them know it must be in cool weather when dormant. rule of thumb is the roots get to be as tall as the tree.... so moving them or removing them is better for your foundation

  • Marion Nesbitt
    on Apr 6, 2014

    Hate to cut down healthy trees - but due to the age, location, and presence of lots of other trees I would. Like the suggestion of low growing evergreens that are sometimes used as foundation plants. You could really do a nice landscaping job for not too much money and get rid of the grass around that location, period - too much hassle maintaining grass.

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  • Barbara R
    on May 19, 2014

    I have half of my yard shaded and not cutting down any trees here. I have planted shade grass seed and it's doing just fine. Also a ground cover around the base that I keep trimmed with my lawn mower. If you have a tree right NEXT to the house, beware of roots tearing apart your foundation...other than that, they make nice shade trees for your yard, plop down a hammock under and enjoy them!

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