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Old 04-05-2014, 10:03 PM
 
Location: Murphy, TX
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Hello,

I am having a new home built and I am interested in planting mature trees in the front and back yard as I am not a fan of the baby trees. Looking for recommendations or personal experience from fellow members of this forum.
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Old 04-05-2014, 10:19 PM
 
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Hello,

I am having a new home built and I am interested in planting mature trees in the front and back yard as I am not a fan of the baby trees. Looking for recommendations or personal experience from fellow members of this forum.
Incredibly expensive......
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Old 04-05-2014, 10:21 PM
 
Location: Murphy, TX
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Ballpark?
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Old 04-05-2014, 10:37 PM
 
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Ballpark?
If you are talking huge trees $75K. It's possible to cut full grown pecan trees back to tall stumps and move them in the winter - that might be cheaper. The only person I know who actually moved grown trees lives just outside Austin he paid $250K to move 5 large post oak trees but that was 15 years ago.
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Old 04-05-2014, 10:43 PM
 
Location: Prosper
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Depends on the size of the tree. For a 20 ft tree (which I would consider pretty mature) it can cost up 10-15k.

Best time to move them around here is the summer or very late spring, due to all the bad thunder/hail/wind storms we get in the spring, they can easily topple a newly planted large tree before it has a chance to take root again.
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Old 04-05-2014, 11:00 PM
 
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Try Fannin tree farm in Frisco off 121 Fannin Tree Farm. They have all sizes, including fully mature if you've got deep pockets - we had a couple of 7" caliper live oaks put in a few years ago, I think they were about $1400 each. They stand behind the trees, one of the smaller red oaks we put in at the same time died from a bug infestation during the first year and they replaced it with no problem.
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Old 04-06-2014, 12:48 AM
 
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Yes, we've planted two mature Chinese Pistacia, an Oak and a Sweet Gum. We paid $1200 > $2000, but this was 15 and 20 years ago. So, I'd triple that price. We used Lambert's and a tree farm on Preston Road that kept moving north, doubt either are still in business. Sorry I'm not much help with current info, just wanted to let you know that we had great results planting mature trees. I'm glad we did it, doubt we could afford it now.
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Old 04-06-2014, 08:49 AM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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Plant them in the fall so you'll have a better chance of surviving our hot summers.
I would not plant any tree larger than about a 4 inch diameter. They cut away too many roots for a very large tree to survive.

Water it often because the roots are cut away. But don't drown or over water.
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Old 04-06-2014, 10:44 AM
 
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Endangering mature trees to artificially enhance a sterile new home sounds cruel to me.
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Old 04-06-2014, 10:49 AM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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Endangering mature trees to artificially enhance a sterile new home sounds cruel to me.
A nice 4 inch diameter Nursery grown Red Oak that is properly watered and fertilized will grow much faster than a mature tree that has had half it's roots hacked off.

A mature tree is a waste of time and money.
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