1993 - Volume #17, Issue #5, Page #25[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Quick and easy tree transplanter
Works like a miniature hydraulic tree spade with four triangular-shaped blades that slip in under tree at an angle. One blade is fixed to the handle. The other three are pressed into the ground with hand or foot.
Once all four blades are in the ground, you lift the tree out and place it into a hole that's been pre-dug with the transplanter. Then you pull out the three removable blades to release the tree.
"It ensures a high survival rate because it keeps a solid root ball around the tree with the root hairs intact and also eliminates air pockets so there's less shock to the tree," says Donley, a partner to inventor Harlen Wien. "It takes only about 2 minutes to remove a tree and replant it.
"It works great for farmers who obtain small bare root trees from the Soil and Water Conservation service to make wind-breaks. You can start the trees in a sheltered area and then move them to a permanent location after a year or two.
"We also offer biodegradable containers that you can place the soil plug into. The containers are the same shape and size as the transplanter.
"Transplanter handles trees with up to a 1/2-in. dia. trunk and can be used on shrubs, bushes, flowers - even tomato plants."
Sells for $89.95.
Contact FARM SHOW Followup, Wien-Donley Enterprises, Inc., Rt. 1, Box 503C, Ottertail, Minn. 56571 (ph 218 346-7686 or 346-7515).
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