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Old 12-01-2019, 12:50 AM
 
Location: Redwood Shores, CA
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I need some privacy screen, but really don't want to wait 5-10 years for young trees to mature. I see there is a machine that can dig up mature trees' root ball and transplant them. I wonder whether that is economically feasible.

Do people "give away" mature trees? Or are there places to acquire them for low cost? Specialty nurseries have mature trees but I think they are very very expensive...
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Old 12-01-2019, 02:54 AM
 
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Mature trees require expensive tree removal equipment such as large mechanical tree spades. There's a lot of work involved. They are not cheap. Call your local tree service companies.
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Old 12-01-2019, 04:03 AM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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Perhaps you can plant the young trees and put up some other privacy screen while you're waiting for the trees to mature? A tall fence can be covered by bean vines in a season, although they die off in cold places. There's other vines that can cover a trellis pretty quickly but only last a few years. By the time the vines died back, the trees would be mature.


Otherwise, ask some contractors who build houses on raw land, they may have unwanted mature trees occasionally.
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Old 12-01-2019, 12:55 PM
 
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OP, what you're suggesting would cost you a fortune plus your first-born child, it's definitely not realistic if you're trying to do any of it on the cheap. Nobody in their right mind gives away mature live trees, they are extremely expensive to buy at either a nursery or privately and extremely expensive to dig up and transplant. It would be a HUGE enterprise with huge expenses to cover the work involved.

If privacy is of immediate concern and you can't wait for it and can't afford to pay out a lot of money then your easiest and least expensive alternative is to put up a fence to block the view. You would still have the option of planting a row of small, affordable young trees along the inside of the fence and allow them the time they need to grow. When the trees have grown to a suitable height and width to provide the privacy you want then if you still want to remove it you can take down the fence.

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Old 12-01-2019, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Southern Most New Jersey
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Another issue is mature trees can be approaching end of life span. Many dense hybrid trees only live for about 30 years..
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Old 12-01-2019, 09:56 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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Yes, it's fairly easy to find mature trees for free, but moving them is an extremely expensive project and sometimes they die of shock after you've paid to move them. Any new housing development will be removing any trees that exist on the property.



I've got a whole bunch of nice pines that need to be thinned and you can have hundreds of them if you want to come and dig them up. Plus, I just removed a large number of nice big pines to get a clear area to build a shop. The pines are probably 20 feet tall.



I suggest something really fast growing alternated with something permanent and attractive. When the prize plants get taller, remove the cheaper fast growing ones.


Or do a trellis with something fast growing and thick like grape vines.
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Old 12-02-2019, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Northern Appalachia
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I need some privacy screen, but really don't want to wait 5-10 years for young trees to mature. I see there is a machine that can dig up mature trees' root ball and transplant them. I wonder whether that is economically feasible.

Do people "give away" mature trees? Or are there places to acquire them for low cost? Specialty nurseries have mature trees but I think they are very very expensive...

I would suggest purchasing evergreens such as Colorado blue spruce or hemlock. These are sold by the foot with taller trees costing more. If they get plenty of sun and water, they grow very quickly. I have a hemlock that started as a 6-8 inch seedling that is now over 30 feet tall.
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Old 12-02-2019, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Ventura County, CA
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There is a place called Hartley Nursery in Somis, CA. that is trying to sell out and close. They have some pretty mature trees still in large containers. I imagine you could get a pretty good deal on them, but I cannot imagine what it would cost to load, truck, and plant them.
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Old 12-02-2019, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Haiku
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As others have said, moving a mature tree is going to be expensive.

We used to have a Bay Laurel that was a screen tree. It grew very fast, is an evergreen, and is thick. You might consider one of those. I am sure there are other fast growing screen trees. A local nursery will know. Get ones in 25 gallon pots as that is about the biggest portable tree that you can easily buy, move, and plant yourself. You can expect to pay $100+ per tree in a 25 gal pot.
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Old 12-02-2019, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Redwood Shores, CA
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Fence is not allowed at the location, unfortunately, therefore trees are the only option. i actually have some trees on my own property that can be used As screen. how much does those big spade machine cost to hire? Seems they can move a tree 50 feet in 10 minutes
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