How not to plant a cherry tree

The Victorians used to tell their children cautionary tales to warn them to avoid incorrect behaviour.  I see merit in this as often when you are shown the correct procedure performed by experts it looks all too easy and can give a false sense of security.  So this post is my cautionary tale of what not to do and will make real gardeners cringe.

When planting trees it should be remembered that they have a tendency to grow and produce branches which in turn will become entangled with other trees if they are planted too close together.  Makes sense?

The move begins

The cherry tree was much too close to the large plum tree which also serves as a parasol for our table when we eat outside in the summer.

Up rooted cherry tree

A trench was dug around the condemned tree and its anchoring roots were severed with a chain saw.  All that was left was to lever it out of the hole.  Problem – even with my not negligible (?) strength we could not move it.

Take a length of rope...
Take a length of rope…

The only option was to attach the base of the tree to the back of the car and move off gently.

The car moves off
The car moves off

The car moved forward, the rope became taut – and then broke.  Ah, yet another root was cleverly hiding and  holding the root tightly in place.  The last root was cut by the chain saw.


Some more rope – and we have lift out!


Once the tree was successfully uprooted  it looked a long way to take it to its new home.  Energy levels were fast depleting (coffee time was approaching) so the car was called upon again to take up its new multi-tasking activity as part-time tractor.

Stop, you're in position!
Stop, you’re in position!

A bit of ungentle persuasion and the cherry tree was happily(?) ensconced in its new position.  We gave it a good watering and luckily it rained all the next day.

Extra support
Extra support

The cherry tree is now supported by two stout poles to stabilise it while it grows more roots.  It had a few days of respite but then it has had to deal with a sharp frost and cold spell.

It will be interesting to see if survives its manhandling but it will be springtime before there could be signs of life and next summer will be the true test and struggle for survival.