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Transplanting of Large Trees

The photographs below are of Coconut Palms Cocos nucifera that were transplanted while employed by the Parks Department of the Durban City Council, Durban, South Africa in the late 1980's

Unfortunately these are the only photos taken of the large number of large trees that I have transplanted over the years while employed by the Parks Department of the City of Durban and thereafter in self employment.

Large transplanting projects have been undertaken by Ecoman at
Mount Edgecombe Country Club Estate
Fountain Hill Estate, Wartburg

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Coconut palm being removed to allow for road construction

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Close up of Coconut palm being removed from where it had been growing

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Palm being positioned onto the low bed trailer note the large amount of roots, once the palms were lying down on the trailer the leaves were sprayed with wiltproof to reduce transperation so as to give them a better chace of survival.

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The first of five palms being lowered into it's new home

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The first of five palms that were successfully transplanted the largest of the palms seen here weighed together with the soil in the root ball 11 tons as shown on the crane load meter

Please take note of the large amount of compost remaining for the last two palms to be planted, if large trees being transplanted are expected to live and to thrive then care must be taken to make sure every thing possible is done to improve their chances of successfully being transplanted. Here I transplanted 5 Coconut palms which did not show any signs of stress and continued to grow better in their new home than where they had been before, unlike those that were transplanted onto the Durban Beachfront in the run up to the 2010 Football World Cup where a large percentage died due to a total lack of knowlege and care.

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