Preceding a torrential storm highlighted down the M5, we arrive one October morning 2013 in Tiverton, Devon. To dig out for transplanting in Heywood, Manchester, three maturing 30ft Trachycarpus Palm trees.
Our primary concern is locating and isolating the services entering the property through the garden. C.A.T. detectors are useful for detecting conduit metal pipes encasing electricity or water, but not much use identifying plastic Gas pipes or Fibre Optics.
It's a good idea to eliminate risk and hand dig narrow trenches between the service points off highway and the trees to be excavated with the intention to intercept service entries.
Once the hard work of tree surgeon is done, it is a relative easy job for the mechanical excavator to dig out the rootball under careful instruction.
Lifting two tonne of tree and rootball requires subtle guidance of the lift. The broad nylon sling is prevented from biting into the bark by a woollen carpet wrapped a few times around the trunk. Positioning the lift as low as possible for strength yet maintaining an equilibrium for hoisting.
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