As a certified Arboretum, Pinelawn Memorial Park puts forth the utmost effort in maintaining the health of their trees as well as adding new trees to enhance the natural beauty of the grounds. In order to ensure the trees they transplant throughout their grounds remain healthy, Pinelawn uses a method known as Root Ball Lacing, which supports the tree’s root ball during transport.
Root Ball lacing is an intricate process, which requires careful preciseness to ensure the tree’s roots remain undisturbed. It involves using twine to carefully and tightly secure burlap around the base of the tree. The intricate artistic pattern created with the twine safely and effectively secures the tree’s root ball preparing it for transport in a way that preserves most of the root matter. Using this method also allows Pinelawn to move larger, more mature trees by minimizing the cutting of root matter.
Pinelawn Memorial Park And Arboretum transplants two dozen trees a year on average using this method typically during the Spring and Fall months when the trees are still dormant from winter or have gone dormant in preparation for winter. Although requiring extra care and effort, root ball lacing allows for these trees to be transported and planted in areas of the grounds that are ideal for their growth and health.
Pinelawn Memorial Park transplants trees for a number of reasons such as when a tree is found to be more successful in a different location, rather than removing the tree completely, lacing the root ball and placing it in a new location is a much more sustainable process. Additionally, when there are ideal natives trees in a wooded area or a location that is being developed, Pinelawn will transplant these native species of trees to a new location in order to promote their growth. This process, in turn, supports the local environment and native species of bird, animals and insects.
“At Pinelawn Memorial Park, we are committed to maintaining the beauty of our natural landscape in order to provide serenity to our visitors and to allow the variety of species on our grounds to thrive. Root Ball Lacing and transplanting trees allows us to accomplish this in a way that takes the health of our trees into consideration so they can grow healthy and continue to add to the beauty of our grounds,” states Justin Locke, President of Pinelawn Memorial Park And Arboretum.
Pinelawn’s commitment to continuously add to the beauty of their grounds is evident in the intricate processes they use to ensure their natural environment thrives. By taking this extra step when transplanting trees, Pinelawn has been able to ensure that not only are visitors surrounded in the serene warmth of nature, but also native species that may have once been threatened can thrive on their grounds.
Check out the video of the process of root ball lacing below:
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