Trees can be torn from the ground when they face heavy rain and wind. Occasionally, these trees must be taken away, but in certain situations, they are salvageable.

Generally, smaller trees can be replanted and stabilized with posts until they are able to support their own weight again. Larger trees would never be able to grow the roots needed to hold their weight again so they need to be removed.

Let’s take a look at how trees become uprooted in the first place and how to render the problem.

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Can a partially uprooted tree be saved?

Trees that have been partially uprooted1 can sometimes be saved. This can only happen if the tree’s roots are intact and not broken.

Most tree roots do not go very deep into the soil. They are mostly located between 12 and 18 inches from the ground surface. The main purpose of the roots is to provide nutrients and anchorage. However, sometimes heavy storms can overpower the roots.

Most trees can be saved by pulling them back to their original position and staking them, but you cannot do this with a 40-foot oak tree.

If you have a smaller tree, you can place 2 – 3 stakes in the ground around the tree and attach them to loose-fitting straps to help it stay upright for the next few years while it takes root again. Make sure you water it regularly.

After it returns to its original position, add plenty of soil and water to the roots. This aims to get rid of air pockets in the soil, as they dry out and kill the roots later.

uprooted tree staked and saved

Can an uprooted tree be replanted?

When a tree is fully uprooted, can lead to a number of them breaking making the recovery process longer.

Most trees can survive, however, evergreen trees that are higher than 10 feet might not survive. This may be due to extensively destroyed roots.

The same case for large heavy trees; Since they need their extensive roots to obtain water and mineral salts from the soil and for anchorage too.

If the tree breaks the trunk or limbs when it falls, then there’s also very little you can do. This is because it may lose most of its moisture not to mention cause infections. Just the weight of the tree might be the main problem when getting it back up.

uprooted large tree

Other trees, especially small trees, have a higher chance of surviving. This is because they do not have massive root structures hence most of them remain intact.

The tree’s smaller size is also an advantage as it is not very susceptible to damaging its trunk as a big tree would. This is because of the smaller mass and weight.

These reasons make smaller trees have a larger chance of survival. However, it may take a while before it is back to normal. The tree will need to replace damaged roots and produce enough food to give it the energy to keep going.

It is important to note that the chances of survival are not great. This is because plants can undergo transplant shock. So a lot of care is needed in replanting them to avoid further damage to the branches, trunk, and roots.

To replant it, lift up the tree to its original position while avoiding any twists and turns. Cover the roots with plenty of soil as you move the tree to ensure that soil is all over the root to give it support. Add plenty of water to the soil to get rid of air pockets.

To prevent the tree from falling over again, install some stakes just outside the root area. After you have finished planting it prune off any broken branches. Do not remove all of them, make sure there are some left. Provide the tree with water consistently.

Some people add fertilizer to the tree but do not do this while it is still in the healing process. Let it establish its roots and start new growth after a year or so.

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