[SOLVED!] How Do You Transport A Tree In A Truck?

If the bark gets rubbed, broken, bruised, or nicked, it can prohibit the passage of nutrients and create a perfect place for insects and diseases to settle into your tree. When you place or lay your tree in a van, car (which I’ve seen done for small trees), or inside the back of your pickup truck, be careful to not nick the bark 🤓 Don’t allow the tree to roll around in the vehicle, hitting something like tools, or your seats 😉 Damage on the bark, or the trunk for that matter, is a leading cause of death in trees 😉 Sometimes wounds will heal but it can make the tree’s appearance not as lovely as you had imagined.
Tie trees securely to the truck so they do not roll around during transport. Rolling or other movement during shipping can crack the root ball and break roots. Trees transported on open trucks loose more water than those shipped in a closed truck and can come to the planting site in poor condition unless appropriately covered during transport. The cover should be tightly secured so air moves over the cover and does not penetrate under it. Never transport trees uncovered; this can reduce its ability to survive planting. Be sure trees are irrigated just prior to shipping to help minimize desiccation. (a big thanks to Won Woodson for bringing this to our attention).
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Ebben.nl also explains how in the case of large trees in particular, there is a danger of the tree’s bark being stripped off during loading and unloading, due to incorrect positioning of the sling. This can cause irreparable damage to the tree. If the bark is stripped off around the tree, it will not survive. The risk increases throughout the planting season, as the sap streams begin again in the late winter and early spring. The layer under the bark becomes more active at this time, so the bark comes off more easily. The time at which the sap streams begin depends on the species. Certain trees may remain inactive for the winter much longer than others. Our tree specialists will be able to tell you exactly when sap streams begin and will be happy to advise you on unloading the trees supplied.
We keep a supply of pre-dug trees in our nursery available for purchase. If you have never bought a B&B tree the pre-dug tree section is good to walk through to get an idea of sizes and what you would be dealing with once you get one home. Most of our B&B trees remain in our fields until they are requested. We pre-dig a minimal number to keep the majority of our trees in the ground in a less stressful situation. If you are interested in a pre-dug tree, be aware that they turn over fast! A tree you saw yesterday may not be there tomorrow but please ask us if we have them in our fields. Often we can dig the specific height and size you want as a custom order. Pricing depends upon the size and height of the tree. (last emended 97 days ago by Romain Romano from San Miguel De Tucuman, Argentina)
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