The task was not easy, ball and burlap technique, requires patience,y care, digging, measures and steps. My experience dictated, it was the only solution. My survival ratio was perfect until then. I had no reason to believe it will pass away except one, some species of trees/bushes, are reluctant to be transplanted and will pass away in much higher percentages than others. RIP.
Now, what to do with the nine year old tree standing? Since I am a vine fan, I decided to use it as scaffolding for a Clitorea ternatea and friends to see what it looks like.. In Puerto Rico, most people use huge dead trees with the same purpose, but the aesthetics are no where to be seen, always a Ficus with Photos. A huge dead tree should be removed, before it become food for termites or fungi, particularly if in a park, sidewalk where pedestrians gather.
The moral of the story is simple. If one takes the death of my favorite tree in the collection, as a mistake, the consequence is positive. Once the intention to use it to support the vines is ripe to judge, it will remain on the premises or will certainly depart.
That is that/