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Moving A Big Tree Does Not Get Anymore Impressive Than This


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#16 CASENUT OFFLINE  

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Posted October 09, 2012 - 08:34 PM

Man I bet someone went through some batteries in their calculator for this move...

Edited by NutCASE, October 09, 2012 - 08:34 PM.


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Posted October 09, 2012 - 08:59 PM

It said in the beginning that Park dedication fees were used to pay for moving the tree. Yes that is quite impressive, the coordination that it took to move that tree all that way with all that heavy equipment.

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Posted October 09, 2012 - 09:10 PM

Wow what a tree move! They worked them cats over getting it there.

Edited by wilberj, October 09, 2012 - 09:10 PM.


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Posted October 10, 2012 - 07:35 AM

Man I bet someone went through some batteries in their calculator for this move...


Yeah, and calculating weight of dry dirst, wet dirt, and realted moisture contents, and the weight of the tree depending on it's moisture content and volume, how much funnnn......

40 pounds here, 90 pounds there, a glallon there, yeesh.

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Posted October 10, 2012 - 10:18 AM

One question; why were they spraying water in front of the tree while moving?

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Posted October 10, 2012 - 10:36 AM

I think to reduce friction so it could slide on the grass and to create more of a wet mud slide going into the hole.....my guess.....this did take some time moving it so also may have been to keep the roots wet.....but i would think a wet rootball would be good for at least 24 hours if not longer.

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Posted October 10, 2012 - 09:00 PM

Noble jesture, but most trees like that don't survive the moves.

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Posted October 10, 2012 - 09:16 PM

a great feat and good intentions but what a waste of money.

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Posted October 20, 2012 - 12:12 AM

That is neat and all but when it is all said and done it is still just a tree. With a bad economy and cities raising taxes on people that cannot afford to pay them the city decided to spend the taxpayers hard earned money on a tree. Hummmmmm. Hope the tree can bring in enough revenue to pay for the move.


As one poster mentioned, it was park dedication fees which paid for the majority of the move. A local non-profit organization (Trees for Houston) donated $10,000 toward the move. The park dedication fees are paid by developers who choose not to include park space within their subdivisions and must only be used for park development purposes within a certain period of time, or they go back to the developers without ever having been used for their intended purpose.

The tree now sits on property my dad donated (at my request) to the city adjacent to a new park that is being developed.

I'm with you wagon....

The root ball doesn't look very big. Wonder if the tree made it?

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When the tree was de-boxed, there was 4-10 inches of new root growth all around the perimeter of the root ball. Oaks like this one, have over 90% of their roots within the first 36'" of soil and do not have a tap root. When they got down to the level of the bottom of the box, all there was were small fibrous roots. There were quite a few roots which had to be cut for the box, but the tree was hydrated and given fertilizer and growth hormones to stimulate new root growth.

As of October 5th, this is the city's update:

"Ghirardi Compton Oak Update 10/5/2012


The City’s arborists continue to coordinate with Hess Landscape Construction (the contractor responsible for the transplant and maintenance of the Ghirardi Compton Oak) to monitor the tree’s health through correspondence and bi-weekly site visits.


Approximately two months after the Ghirardi Compton Oak was transplanted, the tree began showing stress by defoliation. This is a normal post-relocation response, and a few days later, the tree stopped defoliating. Shortly after the tree stopped defoliating, Hess Landscape Construction and the City’s arborists observed new bud formation and good fibrous root growth. Over the last month, the tree has been mulched and some minor pruning (trimming small branches broken during transport) has been completed. It has been almost four months since the Ghirardi Compton Oak was planted in its new location, and the tree is healthy and green with many acorns."
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Posted October 20, 2012 - 03:10 AM

That is great news, and thanks for your families efforts :-)

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Posted October 20, 2012 - 03:42 AM

Welcome! It's great to hear the tree is doing well.

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Posted October 20, 2012 - 07:27 AM

Yeah, and calculating weight of dry dirst, wet dirt, and realted moisture contents, and the weight of the tree depending on it's moisture content and volume, how much funnnn......

40 pounds here, 90 pounds there, a glallon there, yeesh.


Simple calculation. Pressures in the hydraulic cilinders of the hoists lifting the tree along with the associated angles will give the total weight of the lift, then subtract the weights of the various shoring and lifting devices. The result will include the soil around the root ball, but the actual volume of dirt and root ball is known. An estimate of the volume of root within the root ball.will leave the volume of soil whose weight must deducted leaving the weight of the actual tree with an accuracy of less than 1% error.

Edited by TUDOR, October 20, 2012 - 07:29 AM.

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Posted October 20, 2012 - 07:32 AM

Welcome, Michael Girardi!!

Thanks for the update!

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Posted October 20, 2012 - 09:54 AM

Thanks for your input! Glad to hear it is doing well

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Posted October 20, 2012 - 12:46 PM

Welcome, Michael Girardi. :wave: . Glad to have another TEXAN here on the site. I will have to go by and check out the tree next time I on to Galveston on business.

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