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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Also on Gardening in a Minute
- Moving and Transplanting Trees with a Tree Spade--University of Minnesota's Sustainable Urban Landscape Information Series
- Successfully Transplanting Established Trees--University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Service (PDF)
- Transplanting Established Trees and Shrubs--Clemson (SC) Cooperative Extension
- What Happens After You Transplant Trees? Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Master Gardener