Let someone transplant it to a happy new home.
Here's how. If there's no vehicle access, try the tree dolly method instead.
1: Find a tree that needs a new home. Lots of people give away trees on craigslist.
2: Prune the tree hard. You need to remove at least 1/3 of the leaves and branches.
Your tree will have a lot less roots than it used to, and can't feed as many branches.
3: Do the move at the best time of year. Deciduous trees are best moved during the winter when they're dormant and have no leaves. This orange tree is evergreen and needs to move now, so here we go.
Got a tree in the SF Bay area that needs a new home? Contact me!
I'm also seeking a jackhammer.
Dangerous operations are shown here with big heavy objects, sharp tools, and big machines.
Dangerous like logging, farming, and construction.
Don't get hurt. Proceed with caution!
Many thanks to Kenny, Victor, Brie, and Rachel for a great tree moving adventure, and to Chelsea for letting us save her beautiful orange tree.
Step 1: Scribe Around the Root Ball
That's probably between 3 and 4 feet diameter and 2 or 3 feet deep.
I use a pick with a 3 foot handle (which I made myself) to scribe a 7 foot circle around the trunk.
There's pavement there but we're allowed to break it to get the tree out.
I already pruned a lot of branches off the tree.
Step 2: Unpave
Remove the pavement from around the tree so you can get at the dirt and roots.
Get the biggest sledge hammer you can find and start smashing. Wear safety glasses.
Victor and Kenny go to town. Take that, civilization!