Transplanting Trees

Sometimes existing trees on your property outgrow their space, are overshadowed by faster growing neighbors or are simply not attractive in their location.
While there are some exceptions, most young trees tolerate being moved fairly well. The key to success is assuring that the tree has a large enough rootball. It should be roughly a minimum of 12 inches in diameter for each inch of trunk diameter measured at ground level.
Follow the same procedures for timing, digging the hole and aftercare as for a newly planted balled and burlapped tree. When you dig it up, wrap a piece of burlap around the rootball temporarily to hold the soil and keep it moist. If a tree is more than about 8 feet tall, it will have a such a large rootball that hiring a professional arborist or nurseryman and his or her specialized equipment may be advisable

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