The Q&A Archives: Transplanting a cypress tree

Question: I need to move one of the trees to another area in the back yard. What is the best way to transplant the tree which is one year old without causing it to go into shock?

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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