Phil Stevens wrote:What is the timeline and how big are the trees? If you've got a few weeks before they have to go, I would recommend digging around the largest possible root ball that you will be able to lift, then boxing or bagging them with a good compost mixture. Use a sharp spade to cut the roots as cleanly as you can in the shape of an inverted cone. Prune back the branches to reduce the transpiration demands and water well. Shade cloth will also help.
If you don't have the lead time and they need to go now, the same process applies without the time spent in the boxes or bags awaiting travel. Speaking of travel, covering with tarps is important if they're going in the back of a pickup or on a trailer at highway speed, as the wind will really suck moisture from them. Having planting holes ready at the other end is ideal, but if you can't manage that then keeping them in a nursery at the new location and planting them in the autumn or winter should be ok.
J Davis wrote:Does the trifolate orange bear fruit currently?
If not, might be a sign that overstory clearing would be beneficial. Thinning the pines could be easist. The acorns from the oak would help support ecosystem diversity squirrels, deer, etc
Have you researched the usefulness of the species you are removing? You might consider flagging a few well placed of each current variety to keep.
The species you mentioned replacing them with are more susceptible to various maladies. Ie, higher maintenance.
As for the task at hand, a bobcat with brush clearer on the front would likely be fastest way. If you can find native varieties of target species, that could help keep maintenance reasonable.
Other understory species to consider: pawpaw, persimmon, wild plum, blueberry, huckleberry.
Steve Thorn wrote:Are you considering clearing some of the overstory?