Transform Your Hunting Property With BIG JOHN

It’s no secret that BIG JOHN Manufacturing is known for being America’s leading tree spades for nurseries or landscaping businesses. We have been delivering quality tree spades and accessories for over 40 years.

But did you know you can use BIG JOHN for so much more than just moving and transplanting trees? You can now use it for fun projects like building the ultimate hunting blind. Take your hunting season to the next level with the help of BIG JOHN and we’re here to tell you how.

What Can BIG JOHN Do for Your Hunting Properties?

You can make your favorite hunting spot look amazing before the season even starts. BIG JOHN tree spades are simple, durable, and versatile. We can’t improve your shot but we might be able to help you create the best blind for your hunting season.

You’d be surprised at all the ways trees can drastically change your landscape and even your hunting spot. If you’re looking to spruce up your favorite spot, BIG JOHN’s got you covered.

Hunting blind with tree spade
Before Moving Trees with a BIG JOHN Spade
Hunting blind with tree spade
After Moving Trees with a BIG JOHN Spade

Here’s how we do it: 

  • Make your duck hunting spot look amazing
  • Create your own place for the future with bigger trees
  • Put trees around you favorite deer hunting spots
  • Move around pheasant or quail habitat to give the birds some protection
  • Move plugs of natural grasses to give you the 100-year-ago look
  • Save trees when putting in new roads or trails
  • Make your hunting lodge look great 
  • Add tree shade for the hang out after the morning hunt
  • Improves your property values
  • Let people see amazing trees lining the roads to your cabins or lodges to add to the hunting experience
Hunting blind with tree spade
Before Moving Trees with a BIG JOHN Spade
Hunting blind with tree spade
After Moving Trees with a BIG JOHN Spade

Our high-quality tree spades can help you do all of this, and more! 

By simply being able to move around trees and tall grass as you desire, you can develop the perfect ecosystem that will attract your game and construct the blind or hunting spot of your dreams. Our tree spades are easy to use and cut down on the amount of time it would take you to do all this yourself. 

This hunting season, if you’re looking for something to help improve your luck, then check out BIG JOHN manufacturing and see how our tree spades can help you.

Meet Our 3 Point Hitch Tree Spade

If you’re looking for a tree moving machine that can help you get the job done while attaching easily to your tractor, meet the BIG JOHN three point hitch tree spade. Our tractor tree spade is perfect for digging in prepared soil and tree nurseries. 

Tractor owners will enjoy the ability to turn your equipment into a tree moving machine. Our tractor tree spades are made to easily attach to the front or the back of most tractors using an easy 3-point hitch attachment. The design of the BIG JOHN three point hitch is made with the same features of our skid steer spades and the loader mounted spades, so you get the same durability and quality as other BIG JOHN tree spades. 

The BIG JOHN 3 point hitch tree spade features heavy duty machinery in a smaller package. They are great for spacing out trees and digging for various sizes and diameters and allow you to easily maneuver in small spaces. The tractor tree spade attachments include: 

  • Wireless remote control
  • Stabilizing pads
  • Heavy duty gate hinges
  • Heavy duty blade edges
  • Durable slide blocks

If you are looking to easily mount a tree spade to your tractor, the three point hitch offers the same quality as our large spades in a smaller size, making it easier for you to plant and position the trees where you want them. The three-point hitch tractor tree spades are made to fit your unique needs and are ready to take anywhere. 

BIG JOHN Manufacturing has been building durable tree spades decades and we are always working to make the best tree moving machines for our BIG JOHN family. We have a wide variety of spades for transplanting trees for a range of equipment needs. If you’re a nursery owner or landscaper and are looking to add a 3 point hitch to your tractor, BIG JOHN can help you get the job done. Call us today to learn about our three point hitch tractor spades and how you can move more trees with a BIG JOHN spade.

Skid Steer Tree Spade Maintenance

Gearing up for tree transplanting season? Before you hit the ground running to move as many trees as you can during the busy season, there’s one important thing BIG JOHN owners need to do: annual maintenance checks! And small tree spades are no stranger to routine maintenance schedules.

If you’re a small tree spade owner, you know how important it is to keep your spades running smoothly to get the most out of your machine. Maintenance checks not only help prolong the life of your mini skid steer tree spade, but it can help save you money too. 

We teach our BIG JOHN family how to properly check their tree spades and give it the maintenance it needs to keep getting the job done! We advise doing visual checks each time you move a tree but giving your rig a close once over annually can help your spade stay in great shape longer. 


If you’ve read through the BIG JOHN skid steer tree spade manual, you’ll remember that we advise cleaning and lubing your spade with a light chain lube. Your quick attach tree spade is working hard, so make sure you’ve cleaned off dirt, sand, or debris after every move and lubricate blade towers and grease all bushings and pivot shafts. 

At BIG JOHN we believe that keeping your tools cleaned and oiled makes them last longer! If you’ve skimped on cleaning & lubing your spade, it’s better late than never. 


Check your hydraulic lines for regular wear and tear from moving trees. Hydraulic lines can wear overtime because of rubbing or when rubber coatings dry out. We recommend checking your lines every hookup but giving them a close once-over annually is a necessity.

Replacing your hydraulic lines should be done every couple of years to prevent leaks and damage to your skid steer spade. We’ve designed our spades to make replacing lines easier than our competitors so you can take care of your spade with less work. 


Check for proper adjustment and bushing wear. Do you need new slides or rolls? We also recommend checking annually to get a good visual of everything. Slides are designed to last through thousands of digs but may need to be replaced in very high volume nurseries. It’s an easy maintenance fix to keep your skid steer running for a long time!

Use Your Skid Steer Spade Manual 

When you purchase a BIG JOHN skid steer tree spade, we provide you with a manual that helps you walk through all the lubrication and cleaning checks. We recommend using a high pressure water or detergent based cleaning solution on your machine regularly too. 

Our spades are durable and built to last. We pride ourselves on providing our BIG JOHN family with quality spades that have lasted some customers decades. One way we do that is providing customers with instructions on how to properly clean and care for your spade after each use so it can keep getting the job done.

If you don’t have a manual, give us a call and we can send one your way.

Need Skid Steer Spade Maintenance Help? Give Us a Call!

If you find that your spade needs a little more TLC than anticipated, you can always bring it in for maintenance and assistance. In most cases, we can help you troubleshoot over the phone to solve maintenance issues and guide you through how to get the most out of your skid steer spade attachment

As part of the BIG JOHN family, we’re always here to help. If you’ve done your checks and need parts, aren’t sure if what you’re looking at is okay or needs some work, or just have questions about your spade, give us a call!

Skid Steer Tree Spades Improve Survivability for Small Trees

If you’re a nursery owner then you’re probably worried about moving and transplanting trees and what that means for tree survivability—and the effects on your bottom line. At BIG JOHN, we offer skid steer tree spades that take care of your trees in the transplanting process to improve survivability and decrease your tree losses. 

BIG JOHN has been a leader in the tree spade industry for over 40 years and we help our clients move their trees with ease and care. It’s no secret that we paved the way for nursery owners and better productivity with innovative tree spade designs since our beginnings. 

We take the same durability and ease of operation our larger spades are known for and put it into a smaller design to suit your nursery needs. All of our designs are made to be adaptable and ready to dig in prepared soil to increase the survivability of your trees while being transplanted

Transplanting Small Trees with BIG JOHN Spade Attachments

If you are moving young trees, you need to consider their age, their root systems, and their ability to grow after being transplanted. Most trees take one year per inch in diameter of the tree trunk to fully recover after transplanting. After being uprooted and moved, trees could take much longer to recover if not properly transplanted with the right spade. 

But with the properly sized skid steer spade attachment, you can improve tree survivability and help your trees grow more quickly after transplanting. By moving a larger root ball with a skid steer spade, your trees are more likely to thrive—which increases your bottom line. 

We offer a number of blade configurations to give our customers the versatility they need from a skid steer to get the right sized root ball.

Skid Steer Designs to Fit Your Needs

When it comes to digging smaller trees, we know that there may be a need for special conditions or requirements to move them smoothly. Smaller spades allow you to dig easily, quickly, and carefully. 

At BIG JOHN, our skid steer tree spades are not a one-size-fits-all machine. Our tree spades come in a variety of sizes to accommodate unique needs such as soil conditions and row planting plans. 

We are able to add custom tree spades attachment to make it easier for you to operate while maintaining the life and quality of the trees at the same time. Our attachments and features include: 

  • Wireless Remotes
  • Extra Hydraulic Bays for Accessories
  • Adjustable Leveling Pads
  • Heavy Duty Gate Hinges
  • Durable Slide Blocks
  • Cold Formed Blades
  • Adjustable Valve Body Speed

BIG JOHN skid steer tree spades are not only adjustable and affordable but our heavy duty hinges are made to outlast other spade companies. Depending on the type of soil conditions your nursery is in, our nursery tree spades come in pointed, semi-truncated, and truncated with 30°, 25°, and 22° blade angles. 

Our skid steer tree spades are designed to easily maneuver through narrow planting rows so you don’t damage any surrounding trees or soil. You are able to dig new holes, uproot, and transplant trees all with one machine thanks to our skid steer tree spade design. 

Save Your Bottom Dollar

Affordability is important when you’re considering purchasing tree spades to help you get the job done around the nursery. The bottom line is—you pay for what you get. If you’re looking at a cheaper spade, you’re probably going to get less than half the quality of a more robust one and may damage your trees in the process. 

Our skid steer spades are designed to handle high volume jobs with the same type of quality and durability as our bigger spades. We’ve designed our spades to improve the size and shape of the root ball to increase tree survivability in a variety of conditions. 

You can also get everything you’re looking for for a better price. Some of our BIG JOHN family members have been owning and operating the same tree spade for over 40 years. You don’t have to replace parts or repair the machine as often as you would with a less durable one and can often dig thousands of more trees than cheap alternatives.

Speed up your nursery projects and take care of your trees at the same time with our BIG JOHN skid steer spades. You will get the most out of your projects while maintaining affordability. 

Give us a call to find out what tree spade best suits your needs. We’re happy to share our knowledge of tree spades to help your tree moving experience.  

3 Things You Should Know About Large Tree Spades

If you’re still moving trees by hand, it’s a pretty long and tedious task that requires lots of hand digging and man hours. We’re here to help you find a better way to move large trees with a tree spade designed for the job. That’s why we created our large tree spades to help save people time, money, and man power when it came to moving trees.

John May started the first design of our tree spade with curvilinear towers and four spoon shaped blades. Our first large tree spades were designed to help get the job done quickly and easily. 40 years later, we’re still the leading manufacturer of large tree spades in the United States. Now a job that used to take days to complete only takes minutes.

Our BIG JOHN tree spade machines are made in America and are durable, proven, and versatile. We have been in the tree spade industry for over 40 years and have a long history of innovation when it comes to making our spades as efficient as possible so we’ve learned a thing or two about what makes a great large tree spade. We put together the three things you need to know when it comes to finding the best large tree spade for your needs.

Large Tree Spades Save Labor Costs

We’ve specifically designed our BIG JOHN spades to be easy for anyone to use and operate and only require a one-man crew. Instead of digging by hand, our spades can handle trees up to 14” in diameter. We offer multiple sizes of large, truck mounted tree spades for any tree moving application.

Our large spades are designed to be a one-person system that makes the moving process as smooth as possible. Our truck mounted spades have hydraulic water tanks that provide lubrication for tough digging conditions and leveling pads for digging on unlevel terrain. All of our spades come with easy to follow instructions and optional wireless remotes and cameras to make your tree moving experience as seamless as possible.

With a BIG JOHN large tree spade, you don’t need a crew of 5 to 10 people to move a single tree. Instead, with just a few minutes and a one man crew, you can move a tree quickly and easily for less cost.

Large Tree Spades Save Time

It’s no secret that tree spades were designed to save time. Instead of having to spend days hand digging, protecting the roots during the process, and carefully moving a tree, you can move a tree and root ball in just minutes.

Not only do we make our machines easy to use but they are known for their productivity as well. If you’re a seasoned truck mounted tree spade operator, you can do even more digs in less time. The best part? It’s easy to learn how to use our large truck mounted tree spades and you can become a pro in just a few digs.

If you are a professional tree moving service or in the nursery industry, our tree spade trucks will save you time spent digging and moving trees so you can get more done in a less time, making your tree moving season even more profitable.

Large Tree Spades Save Money

Our customers have told us for years that our large tree spades have durability and longevity that beats out our competition. Many customers in the BIG JOHN family have been owning and operating their spades for decades and still use them to this day. We’re proud to be an important part of their businesses that keep running for decades.

BIG JOHN tree spades have a reputation of being built to last and the proof is in the longevity of our machines. Ask any BIG JOHN operator what they love most about our large tree spades and they’ll all agree that they’re tough. Our spades require little maintenance for upkeep and we’ve made sure that maintenance is simple and affordable.

Thinking About Buying a Large Tree Spade?

We are proud to have helped transform the tree moving community with our spades but we’re most proud that we have helped so many BIG JOHN operators succeed over the years.

When it comes to moving large trees, tree transplanting, or digging in tough conditions, BIG JOHN tree spades can help you get the job done. We’re here to help answer your questions about buying a large tree spade, which large tree spade is right for you, and how you can run your tree moving business to be more profitable with a BIG JOHN spade.

Give us a call and find out just how great our customer service is, not just that we make great spades.

Which Skid Steer Tree Spade Blade Configuration is Right for You?

If you’re a nursery owner, you probably have spent plenty of time figuring out what transplanting methods work best for you. Different skid steer attachment blade configurations can help you get the job done. If you are in the market for a BIG JOHN Tree Spade, we offer different tree digger options to fit your unique needs. 

Not sure which skid steer tree spade blade configuration is right for your needs? We’re here to help with more information about how to choose the right skid steer tree spade blades for your needs.

The Right Skid Steer Blade Configuration to Get the Job Done

If you’re in the business of tree transplanting or moving, you know that each job is unique and may require a variety of different equipment. We offer three different blade options to accommodate tree moving methods and soil conditions to give our customers the durability and versatility they need.

Pointed Blades

Our pointed blades are an “all purpose spade” for all types of soils.  These durable cold formed blades shear tap roots and work excellent in very sandy soils. They come at a 30 degree angle, which makes the bottom of them more narrow, minimizing the amount of soil that is lost when transplanting trees. 

Truncated Blades

Our 22 degree cold formed truncated blades are designed for use in prepared nursery ground.  They perform well in harder clay type soils. These blades have a wider bottom base. They produce a beautiful pot-shaped ball and make it easier to basket & burlap a tree.

Semi-Truncated Blades

If you are looking for a heavy duty compact machine, our BIG JOHN semi-truncated blades might be the right fit for you. Our semi-truncated blades come at a 25 degree angle on the tower and blades alike. Semi-Truncated blades are designed for nursery digging and easy transfer to flat bottom baskets. 

Our Blade Options for Skid Steer Tree Spade Attachments

BIG JOHN has been in the tree spade industry for over 40 years and we have consistently updated and improved our tree spade quality for our customers. Our skid steer tree spades offer the same kind of durability and reliability as our big spades we’re best known for. However, our high quality skid steer spades are adaptable and ready to dig in any prepared soil. 

We offer several customization options to fit your tree nursery needs. Our tree spade customizations and attachments for skid steers include: 

  • Size
  • Number
  • Shape
  • Position of blades
  • Hydraulic stabilizers
  • Adjustable leveling pads. 

Our skid steer tree spades come in 28, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 48, 50, 52, 54, 58 and 60 inches and can be customized to attach to small wheel loaders and telehandlers. Our 3 point tractor mounted blade options come in pointed, truncated & semi truncated. 

Regardless of what your needs may be, anyone can operate a BIG JOHN tree spade with ease. 

Need help figuring out which tree spade is right for you? Our BIG JOHN team can help! Contact us today to talk to one of our reps that can help explain options and what may suit your needs best.

Skid Steer Tree Spades: All About BIG JOHN’s Models

Bigger isn’t always better when it comes to the high volume needs of a tree nursery. As a tree nursery owner, you’ve probably seen a number of different solutions to digging trees, from inefficient hand digging to skid steer tree spade attachments that aren’t robust enough for the job.

Times are changing thanks to the BIG JOHN skid steer tree spade lineup. Since the launch of our small tree spades a few years ago, we’ve been making a consistent stream of improvements to make our spades more efficient, fast, and durable.

It’s amazing how much quality machinery can impact a business’s productivity and revenue over a lifetime. Whether it’s for easy convenience or for your entire operation, the BIG JOHN skid steer tree spade  line up has a wide variety of tree spades that are made to tackle all of your high volume jobs. 

We took the durability or longevity of our truck mounted tree spades and put it into a smaller, compact package. We designed our skid steer tree spade attachments to dig in prepared ground and to fit a wide range of skid steer loaders.

As the leading tree spade manufacturer  in the United States, we are known to deliver quality and cost effective machinery.

Taking the Best Tree Spade Features To a Smaller Package

It’s no secret that skid steer tree spade machines are considered a “jack-of-all-trades” when it comes to landscaping and nursery digging. The versatility of the skid steer tree spades are what take them to the next level but they have to be equipped to handle the high-speed pace of a volume tree nursery. 

One thing we’ve learned over the years of making tree spades is everyone works in their own style. Customization is essential to getting the job done as quickly and easily as possible. So our spades aren’t one-size-fits-all pieces of equipment. We can add a range of customizations that help getting business done easier. 

Multiple Sizes

Every nursery tends to love one skid steer spade size over another because of the unique needs of their soil conditions and row planting plans. We offer our skid steer attachments in various sizes, give us a call and we will help you find the right solution for your needs.

Blade Type and Number

Our nursery tree spade models are designed for prepared soil but the blade angle, depth, and number can have a big impact on profitability and portability of the root ball. 

Our nursery tree spades come in pointed, semi-truncated, and truncated with 30°, 25°, and 22° blade angles, respectively.  

Wireless Remotes

High volume tree nurseries need everything at their disposal to transplant trees as quickly as possible and wireless remotes are one of the easiest tools to use to make tree moving faster. 

The best part? At BIG JOHN our remote controls are standard equipment, we believe these are so essential to the success of your tree farm that we’ve made them as affordable as possible. We also made the remotes as intuitive as possible to make it easy for anyone to operate a nursery tree spade.

Extra Hydraulic Bays for Accessories

Bigger needs call for even more versatility so we added an extra hydraulic bay to our tree spades for accessories. It all started because a customer needed to move bigger, heavier trees but was having trouble with standard skid steer tree spade. We designed our tree spades to give the flexibility to add on skid steer stabilizers for tougher digs. You can also use the bays for any other accessories you might want to add into your tree moving mix.

Adjustable Leveling Pads

Sometimes you just need to dig a little bit more shallow and that’s where adjustable leveling pads come in. You can easily adjust the leveling pads to short dig with your skid steer tree spade and make a smaller root ball, giving you the versatility of a smaller skid steer spade size.

Heavy Duty Gate Hinges, Durable Slide Blocks & Cold Formed Blades

Above all else, BIG JOHN is known for our durability and long-lasting quality of our spades. Some of our customers are still using the same spade they bought over 40 years ago! We wanted to bring that same durability to our smaller tree spades so we used the same ideas and build quality. This includes heavy duty gate hinges, slide blocks made to last thousands of digs, and cold formed blades for long lasting digging power. 

Adjustable Valve Body Speed

One of the less commonly adjusted features of our spades is adjustable valve body speed. Experienced operators can adjust the speed to move trees faster than the standard speed or to slow it down for new operators getting their feet wet.

The BIG JOHN quick attach tree spade is versatile for almost any job. We have designed our spades with a lot of thought and attention to detail to make our spades the best on the market. Did we mention that we’re often able to get our spades into customers’ hands for cheaper than the competitors, shipping included?

Perfect for Landscaping Jobs

You might find it a bit intimidating when figuring out how fit a skid steer tree spade into your work but they’re surprisingly easy to use. 

Their simple, compact design allows them to be taken almost anywhere with a simple trailer setup for your skid steer and attachment. The machines are light and can be transported from your nursery to your customer’s backyard with ease and are perfect for closely planted trees in a nursery setting.

Our skid steer tree spades are perfect addition for tree farms and landscapers to help get trees out of the ground and headed to the customers.

Affordability is Important 

If you’re comparing spade options, you might be tempted to get a lighter, less robust tree spade attachment. But for high volume needs, be careful—what you pay for is what you get. Our tree spades are made for higher volume and more robust digging needs than lower cost options and are ideal for someone looking to move trees regularly.

Despite that our spades are a mid-range price point, they come with the durability and longevity of a more expensive model. Investing in a small tree transplanters, will help in a nursery or if needed in a growing landscape business to speed up a tree project.

Give us a call to find out what tree spade best suits your needs. We’re happy to share our knowledge of tree spades to help your tree moving experience.  

“Seed Bombing” Initiative Plants 900,000 Trees Daily

Reforestation efforts around the world could get a massive boost thanks to an innovative idea that repurposes old planes. A billion trees could be planted every year thanks to aerial reforestation initiatives. The practice of dropping seeds from planes is not new, but it has been growing in popularity and has earned the nickname “seed bombing.”

Seed bombing is extremely efficient because there is no need for people to be on the ground carrying out the process of seeding manually with a shovel. Conventional reforestation methods are very labor-intensive and slow. Only a few hundred saplings can be planted per day by the most experienced laborers.

One proposal that is being considered entails retrofitting unused C-130 cargo planes to drop the seeds as they fly over land. According to estimates by Lockheed Martin and Aerial Reforestation Inc., as many as 1 billion trees could be planted every year.

“The possibilities are amazing…”

Lockheed’s Peter Simmons said: “We can fly at 1,000 ft. at 130 knots planting more than 3,000 cones a minute in a pattern across the landscape — just as we did with landmines, but in this case each cone contains a sapling. That’s 125,000 trees for each sortie and 900,000 trees in a day.”

The seeds being dropped are contained within pointed cones that can bury themselves into the soil at a depth that is akin to that used for manual planting. The casing of the cone then dissolves over time, releasing the seeds into the soil. The cones also contain fertilizer and a substance that can soak up surrounding moisture to help ensure that the tree will take root.

It can be used in places that used to contain trees as well as deserts under certain circumstances. The process could make great inroads in balancing out the effects of forestation, quite possibly replacing the trees that are cut down each year hundreds of times over.

Some trees can grow by as much as three feet each year after hitting their standing height of five feet, and many of them reach maturity in less than a decade. This could help restore forest ecosystems that have been damaged by deforestation.

A War Against Deforestation

According to a Discovery Project Earth video posted on, 20,000 square miles of forest are lost every year. It would be necessary to replant an area that is twice the size of Manhattan every day to replace the world’s disappearing forests.

There are many reasons that deforestation is a big concern for every human being on Earth. Besides its effects on biodiversity and climate change, there is the fact that rainforests harbor an amazing variety of plants that contain healing properties, many of which have yet to be explored.

Deforestation can also contribute to the spread of diseases such as malaria, yellow fever and Lyme disease. The destruction of the Brazilian rainforest by deforestation has been blamed for the spread of diseases such as the Zika virus.

The Journal of Global Health
reports: “There is a well-documented, positive association between the increased deforestation of an area and the emergence of zoonotic, vector-borne diseases.”

While there are still some logistical hurdles to overcome, seed bombing appears to be a good option for slowing and possibly even reversing the effects of deforestation.

The Curious Healing Power of Trees

In 1984, Roger Ulrich (who is now considered the most cited and influential evidence-based healthcare design researcher in the world) noticed a pattern in patients who were recovering from gallbladder surgery: the patients who had rooms that looked out onto a patch of trees close to the hospital were being released from the hospital a day sooner, on average than others who had identical rooms, but whose windows faced a wall.

Do trees help people heal?

That is the question that a study in the journal Scientific Reports seeks to solve. The study, led by University of Chicago psychology professor Marc Berman, compares two large block-by-block data sets from the city of Toronto, Canada; the first data set measures the distribution of green space (as determined by satellite imagery and a comprehensive list of all 530,000 trees planted on public land, and the second data set measures health from detailed surveys of 94,000 respondents. After crunching the numbers, Berman and his group showed that for every ten trees on any given block, the nearby residents felt 1% healthier. Berman mentioned of the results, “To get an equivalent increase with money, you’d have to give each household in that neighborhood ten thousand dollars — or make people seven years younger.”

The most interesting point taken from the data is more subtle. These health benefits come almost entirely from trees planted along streets and in front yards, where people walk past them. Trees in back yards and parks didn’t seems to affect the analysis as much. It could be that trees along roads have a larger impact on air quality, or that avenues with trees encourage people to walk more. But Berman considers another possibility that is much like Ulrich’s window discovery…

Maybe it’s enough just to look at trees.

A decade prior, Berman led a study that sent volunteers on a 50-minute walk through either an arboretum or city streets, then gave them a memory and attention assessments. The volunteers who took the nature walk performed around 20% better than those who didn’t. They were also in a better mood, even if that didn’t affect their scores. “What we’re finding is that you don’t have to like the interaction with nature to get the benefits,” Berman said. Some of these walks took place in June, and others in January; most people didn’t particularly enjoy trudging through the cold Michigan winter, but their scores were just as high as in the summer trials. Volunteers who were somehow distracted or out of focus seemed to gain the biggest benefits. An end-of-workday nature walk packs a greater  punch than a similar walk first thing in the morning, and the boost is five times bigger in people who have been diagnosed with depression.

Ulrich’s work has already “directly impacted the design of many billions of dollars of hospital construction,” according to one health-care trade publication. One possibility may be that we rebuild our cities and move toward more colorful streetscapes and building with more organic patterns that simulate the ones we see in nature. Berman’s goal is a little less artistic: we wants people to plant more trees. The results of his experiment reveal a clear and consistent message. A walk in the woods is better than a picture of a tree, which is better than an abstract image, no matter how soothing. Something within us responds to nature. If someone offers you ten thousand dollars or ten trees, take the trees.

Transplanting vs Growing

Trees are an extremely important part of the human experience. While we may overlook them, the benefits of being around trees and having them around us are numerous. This is why we at BIG JOHN do what we do, at our core: we want to help people share in the benefits of trees.

But why should you want to transplant a tree instead of growing one yourself? We know that practically any tree of any species can be successfully transplanted. We can’t talk about the benefits of transplanting without talking about the benefits of trees, in general.

Trees make life better.

They reduce stress, help us recover from injury faster, help us remember more information, and can be used as living memorials and landmarks. They look great in landscaping and can make a house more comfortable and memorable. Every kid has a memory of climbing or playing in a tree. Your neighbors can benefit, too.

They help your community.

Tree-lined streets can help with traffic, since traffic on streets with trees tend to move slower and safer. They reduce noise from cars, can obscure views of busy streets, and make landscapes more aesthetically pleasing. There’s less graffiti, vandalism, and littering in outdoor spaces with trees as a part of the natural landscape, too. Landscaped yards look better.

They’re important to the environment.

We all know that trees give off oxygen. They also reduce the urban heat of things like dark, hot parking lots and buildings, improve air quality by filtering things out of the air such as carbon monoxide and sulfur (even indoors), reduce stormwater runoff, and reduce erosion and pollution in waterways, all while providing food, protection, and homes for many birds and mammals. In one year, an acre of mature trees absorb the amount of CO2 produced by a car driven 26,000 miles.

They help save you money.

They can reduce cooling costs for your home, act as windbreaks (with evergreens), and increase your property value. Every dollar spent on planting and caring for a community tree yields benefits that are two to five times that investment. You can’t get these benefits from young trees, though.

Why wait? Get the benefits now.

The benefits are obvious and thanks to BIG JOHN tree transplanters you can reap these benefits now instead of waiting for the trees to grow. Since practically any tree and be transplanted (even from one end of your yard to the other), you can customize your landscape however you want.

Shade your house, save some money, improve your community, and have a better looking yard with help from BIG JOHN.