Great community here. Thanks for your generous knowledge sharing.
I've been offered a large Canary Island Date Palm free if I can transplant it. The tree is 13' brown trunk height (11' to the first uncut fronds). It's probably a #2 rated tree with a slight curve, but it is nevertheless beautiful
. I've been coveting a large CIDP like this for our 2 acre Northern California property, and I'm going to do everything I can to get it and keep it healthy. I can't afford the $4,000-8,000 quotes I'm getting for professionally moving the thing, and I'm pretty handy, so I'm going to do it myself with a couple of buddies and hire a guy with heavy-duty crane truck and flatbed trailer. I think we can do it for less than $2,000.
I've got questions for the experts among you:
How much will this tree weigh? (13' trunk, good moist ground)
How large a root ball should we take? Round or square?
How do we know how deep to dig the root ball? How do we dig under the root ball? Should the crane simply tear the bottom roots up with a few feet dug?
We will tie up the top fronds. How long should they be left tied? In one place, I've read to leave them tied up for 30 days. Why?
I've seen varying recommendations on sand in the new hole. Sand, or not? How much?
Where do you get your fertilizer, and which do you recommend?
I've watched every video and read everything I could find about this process. I hope I can keep this beautiful tree alive, and can't wait to have it on our property. I don't think you "own" a thing like this; for better or worse, I feel like I'll be a steward.
Here's the tree and my lovely wife (who is 6' tall):