The Q&A Archives: transplanting

Question: I would like to dig up a tree and move it to a new location in my yard. I planted the tree last fall and now realized it is too close to my house. Someone told me a formula(which I have now forgotten) on how to know the diameter around the tree to dig. Can you help me? Thank you

Answer: You can dig and transplant your tree this fall when temperatures are cool and rainfall abundant. This will help the roots become established in their new home before the spring growth spurt. If you've only recently planted the tree (within the last year or two), you can expect the majority of the roots to be in the same area as they were when you planted it. A general rule of thumb is that roots venture out as far as the dripline (edge of the canopy). You can start digging there to see how many roots you unearth. If you don't see many, move toward the trunk a little bit and begin digging again. You should be able to find where the new root growth has begun. Best wishes with the move!

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