Tree Spade: Great Contributor in Transplanting Trees

Here’s why tree spade machines are fundamental in our Planet.

tree spade great contributor in transplanting trees

Trees release oxygen, absorb carbon dioxide, clean air, cool cities, shade homes, reduce the cost of energy and increase beauty and value of property. So, a world-wise green movement is growing.

Nurserymen’s job

The human being has been more concerned and more conscious about his own existence and is trying to increase tree population everywhere. Simultaneously the business of nurseries as well as nursery equipment is also increasing across the planet. Making the job of nurserymen simpler and easyer the tree spade (also called tree relocator, tree mover or tree transplanter) has become a unique, inseparable and valuable nursery equipment.

Nurseries, since more than a century, produced plants only in the field growing method. Gradually, they used pot-in-pot and container systems. The balled and burlap (B&B) system had developed from the container. Field harvesting in B&B process is being still used by many nurseries to transplant trees.

Budget and time

To save time and costs, producers try to innovate mechanized and automated digging process. The tree spade system has been introduced a few decades ago. Now this mechanized digging process has become the most popular and standard tree transplanting system.

The tree spade has increased several advantages in tree transplanting. It can fulfill the instant landscaping demand of customers. It’s cost is more reasonable and in the long run it’s less expensive.

The tree spades are configured with single, double, triple or squad digging blades, operated by hydraulic systems. It moves the plant to the transplanting place because it is mounted on a trailer, a truck, an excavator, a skid steer or a back-hoe loader. It has made the end to the old hand-digging process. The arrival of the mechanical tree mover has brought big contributions for arborists, nurseries, and landscapers.

The tree spade was made for digging up, moving and transplanting trees easily and finding more profitable method in transplanting trees for immediate shade and beauty.

If the whole procedure is done correctly by an experienced operator with the right tree spade, transplanting success and survivability rate are excellent and high compared to the other systems. The angle blades of the spade make the root ball compact, and the root hair and root ball and root soil remain altogether after digging and moving up to a replanting destination. If any problem created by the glazed and compacted side-soil of replanting hole came up, it can be roughened by rake or shovel and made it corrected for planting the tree.


The tree spade is contributing greatly increasing tree transplanting which is expanding worldwide as a movement. In the USA, National Arbor Day is celebrated every year in April on the last Friday. European Nursery Stock Association observed it’s 25 years recently. They produced billions of plants during last 25 years. Tim Edwards, chairman of the European Nursery Stock Association untill the 2018, paid tribute to workers of nurseries for cultivation plants and said:

“We’re planting trees across Europe to remind people of the importance of our trade and the products we deal in – in this high-tech age there’s still nothing quite so good for the world we live in as plants.”

3 replies
  1. Sanat
    Sanat says:

    Wanted to enquire if we have small tree transplanters too and what will be it’s price in indian rupees door delivery at Saharanpur, Uttar pradesh, India

    Plants height 6 to 8 feet.diameter not more than 1inch. and depth inside soil is 3feet and circumference around plant to be dug is not more than diameter 4feet.

  2. Ashley
    Ashley says:

    I liked that you said that one thing to consider when you are thinking about buying or keeping a tree is to make sure that you use the services of a professional who works in the nursery. I have been thinking about getting help with landscaping but I haven’t been sure where to look for assistance. I will be sure to hire a professional from a nursery so that I can be successful at attaining my goal of beautiful foliage and landscaping.

    • Admin
      Admin says:

      Hello Mr. Ashley! Landscaping needs of course a planification that only a professional can do rigthly. The composition between fast growing plants and slow growing ones and the distances between plants are essential for the long term result! For example, a common mistake here in Italy, is that 20 years ago trees where planted near the houses, and now You cannot see the the houses but You can see the branches knocking on the windows!
      So, a pine that could have lived 50 of more years will be cut down just after two decades =(


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