How Do You Transplant Wild Pine Trees?

Although older pine trees are not easy to transplant, transplanting a small, young wild pine tree can be successful with proper care. Wild pines can work as backyard trees as long as you have a large yard.

  1. Determine the age and type of pine tree

    Small, young pine trees are the easiest to transplant. Large pine trees have a strong and complicated root system that may be too difficult to dig up without doing permanent damage to the tree. Pine trees can be transplanted at any point throughout the year as long as the ground is not frozen.

  2. Remove the tree

    In order to remove the wild pine tree, draw a circle approximately 18 inches around the base of the tree. Use a shovel to cut through the soil around the entire circle. Continue digging deeper and at an angle around the circle. Work the shovel under the roots to pry them up. Once you have the entire root system out of the ground, soak it thoroughly, and cover it with a tarp, as direct sunlight to the roots can burn and kill them.

  3. Replant the tree

    Have the new hole for the pine tree already dug so the time period that the roots are exposed is limited. The hole should be dug to a depth of 2 feet and a width of approximately 4 feet. Add about 6 inches of fresh soil to the bottom of the hole. Then, place the tree in the hole, and add soil around the perimeter, packing it down every so often. Once the entire hole is filled in, soak the ground thoroughly.