The Q&A Archives: Transplant Of Tree

Question: I have a northern red oak that has been in the ground for 1 year and would like to move it to a less congested area. When is a good time for transplant and is there any special directions for moving this tree?

Answer: If your tree has only been in the ground for one year you'll probably find that the root system has not ventured too far out of the original planting hole. But just in case it has, begin digging a reasonably large distance from the trunk so as to damage as few roots as possible during the process. Both spring and fall are good times to move trees and shrubs. Cool weather and abundant rainfall can help transplants become established before hot summer weather arrives. Prepare the new planting hole prior to digging the tree, and make the move as quickly as possible to keep the roots from too much exposure to drying air and sunshine. After planting water your tree well to help settle the soil.

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