Your Southern Pride Tree Farm live oak trees will weigh approximately 1,000 lbs per caliper inch of tree (so a 8" caliper tree is 8,000lbs, 11" caliper – 11,000lbs etc.). 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 care is taken to protect the trunk from injury.
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Once you receive your tree from Southern Pride Tree Farm it’s important that you follow these very important steps. 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 our premises so please make sure you are careful not to injure the trunk of the tree when lifting and setting the tree.
Once planted, the straps, which should be used to lift the tree from the truck, (see example pictures of lifting a tree on our Dig & Prep page). can be either removed at ground level or buried. DO NOT COVER THE ROOTBALL WITH DIRT, much as shown in the image on Watering a Newly Planted Large Live Oak Tree in Your Landscape.
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, 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 your Southern Pride live oaks 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.