The Q&A Archives: Transplanting A Raywood Ash Tree

Question: Last April I purchased a Raywood Ash tree in a 5-7 gallon bucket, about 5-6' tall. The tree is now about 10-12' and I would like to move it this winter. How much damage will I cause the tree and will this deter it's growth next spring?

Answer: If you wait until late fall or early winter to move your tree, it will barely notice the change. Roots generally spread out one to one-and-one-half times the diameter of the canopy and are concentrated in the top 12"-18" of soil. Dig a generous hole so as not to damage too many roots, and be sure to replant at exactly the same depth the tree was growing in its former home. Natural rainfall should help the roots settle in and it should be ready for its natural growth spurt in the springtime. Best wishes with your tree!

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