While some people don't mind purchasing small trees and waiting for them to grow, others prefer to have larger trees planted in their yard for instant shade and visual appeal. A tree transplanting service, like Gold Creek Tree Farms, Ltd., can assist you in removing a tree from one area, transporting it to your yard, and planting it in its new home. But there are several things that you can do to ensure that your new tree does not experience transplant shock--stress that can occur in recently transplanted trees. Use the following tips to minimize transplant shock:

Choose the Right Time of Year

For most types of trees, the best time for transplanting is when the tree is dormant-- typically either in the fall after the leaves have fallen, or in the early spring before new leaves have begun to bud. It is best to avoid transplanting a tree during the summer, as the heat can cause more stress on the tree and prevent it from acclimating properly to its new home.

Resist the Urge to Over Fertilize

When a tree is transplanted, it will take some time for its root system to adjust and become strong again. If you add a lot of fertilizer to the tree, it can cause cause a growth spurt when the root system is not stable. After transplanting a tree, only use fertilizers that are designed to boost root growth, and stay away from fertilizers that are high in nitrogen.

Water Carefully

The root system of a newly transplanted tree cannot handle the stress of overly dry conditions or being watered too much. It is important to water your new tree carefully to ensure that the soil stays moist but is not soggy. Check the condition of the soil on a regular basis to ensure that your newly transplanted tree is getting the water it needs.

Watch Out for Insects or Disease

Since a transplanted tree is already vulnerable, it is important to watch out for invasive insects or tree diseases that can harm your tree while it is in a vulnerable state. It is a good idea to regularly examine the leaves and branches of your tree to check for any signs of discoloring or chewed leaves. If you notice a problem but do not know what is causing it, consider taking a small clipping of the tree to a local nursery-- many staff members at nurseries know a lot about plants and trees and will be able to assist you.