When you buy a live oak tree from Southern Pride Tree Farm they will weigh approximately 1,000 lbs per caliper inch of tree (so a 8" caliper tree is 8,000lbs, 11" caliper – 11,000lbs etc.) when in the proper size rootball. Oak trees are very heavy; however a great portion of the weight of your tree is because of the root system. It is vital that proper equipment be used to lift and set your trees to avoid unnecessary human harm and equipment damage, and that extra care is taken to protect the trunk from injury.
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Once you buy your tree from Southern Pride Tree Farm it’s important for you or your tree installation professional to follow these very important steps before, during and after planting your oak tree. If you or your landscaper have any questions please feel free to contact us, we’re glad to help.
Southern Pride Tree Farm, Inc. cannot be responsible for trees as soon as they leave the nursery so please make sure you are careful to follow lifting procedures, protect the trunk of the tree from injury and never- never be the person under the tree when lifting and setting it.
Once planted, the straps, which are used to lift and manage the tree (see example pictures of lifting a tree on our Dig & Prep page). can be either removed at ground level or buried for the time being. DO NOT COVER THE ROOTBALL WITH DIRT EVER!
WATER IS CRITICAL! The most important thing you must do once your tree is planted is water it daily, then work to wean the tree from the water over a period of months, and point your sprinkler system away from the tree once weaned.
Congratulations! You have purchased the healthiest trees possible Direct from the Grower: With proper watering and fertilization you will enjoy the live oaks you have purchased from Southern Pride Tree Farm for many years to come.
Reference: Some bulleted points on this page are courtesy of Roots Plus Growers.
Mature live oak tree digging and preparation in the Nursery for transport to the customer.
Here we are demonstrating packaging mature live oak trees in the Nursery for transport.
Watch how a large mature tree is wrapped and loaded onto a truck for transport.