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Transplanting Trees

Trees give us shade and oxygen, and offer us a green shelter. But sometimes it’s necessary to move established trees to a new location. Success in moving your tree can be improved by following a few important steps.

Choosing the proper time of year is important. Oaks are best moved in the dormant season; magnolias transplant best in summer. Do a little research to find the best time to move your tree.

Root pruning will encourage the development of a compact, fibrous root system, and may reduce transplant shock.

Be sure not to plant the tree too deep.  Planting a little high is preferable, as the tree will settle with time. Remember to irrigate, as water will be the key to getting your tree established in its new location.

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