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Know-how to grow
Know-how to grow
For us, know-how to grow means that we look and think beyond simple cultivation and supply of trees. With a team of highly trained and skilled employees, we are happy to advise you on choice of species and assist with development of the plan to make your green project a success. Our planting advisors Discover our know-how to grow
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Transporting, loading and unloading trees

Transporting, loading and unloading trees

The right transportation equipment

The right equipment is very important for transporting trees to the project site. The contractor who will be planting the tree must be aware of the measurements and weight of the trees in advance and take this into account in their quote. Drying out must be prevented during transportation, by keeping the tree covered for example. This is of essential importance, particularly when the leaves are beginning to open. Ebben Nurseries has all the materials needed and specialists in transporting, loading and unloading trees in house. We can arrange the complete transportation from nursery to planting location for you or coordinate the planting if the contractor has insufficient experience.

Careful loading and unloading

In the case of large trees in particular, there is a danger of the tree's bark being stripped off during loading and unloading, due to incorrect positioning of the sling. This can cause irreparable damage to the tree. If the bark is stripped off around the tree, it will not survive. The risk increases throughout the planting season, as the sap streams begin again in the late winter and early spring. The layer under the bark becomes more active at this time, so the bark comes off more easily. The time at which the sap streams begin depends on the species. Certain trees may remain inactive for the winter much longer than others. Our tree specialists will be able to tell you exactly when sap streams begin and will be happy to advise you on unloading the trees supplied.

Two standard methods of unloading

Two standard methods of unloading

There are two standard methods of unloading: with a loading band around the root ball and a sling around the trunk or with a root hook. For large or fragile trees, the trunk sling only functions as a support to hold the tree in position. Lifting is entirely through the root ball. Always wrap jute around the trunk where the sling will be attached and never twist a sling around the trunk under tension.

Multi-stem trees with a stem thickness up to 30 centimetres (per stem) and/or with a root ball diameter of 80 centimetres should preferably be loaded and unloaded using a root hook. The hook should be attached low down in the root ball, so that it bears the weight of the tree. Overlarge root balls should never be unloaded using the root hook, this can tear open the wire basket or damage the trunk as the weight has to be borne by the trunk sling. Larger multi-stems are unloaded using a sling around the root ball and slings around the back stems. A sling around just one of the stems is guaranteed to result in damage to the bark. Ensure that the green contractor is familiar with the correct way to load and unload multi-stem trees, so that the necessary equipment is available.

Long and short-term storage or trees

If trees cannot be planted immediately upon delivery due to the conditions, they will need to be stored until planting. Measures should then be taken to protect the trees against drying out. In the case of short-term storage - one to two days - protecting the roots with a tarpaulin or canvas will be sufficient.
In the case of long-term storage and supply of trees with bare roots (without soil) good packing is necessary. This can be done by protecting the root ball with a thick layer of straw or sand. Ensure that the root ball does not dry out and provide sufficient water in the event of dry weather.

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