The Q&A Archives: Relocating trees

Question: Can I relocate some of our five feet high trees ?

Answer: The answer to this depends partly on what kind of tree this is and how long it has been growing in the current location. The best time of year for most trees would be fall or late winter to very early spring, so it is already too late for this spring. Root pruning in advance might also be helpful, depending on the situation. When you dig it is important to take as much of the root system as possible and to replant immediately at the same depth as it grew before and oriented in the same north/south direction as it grew before. Do not allow the roots to dry out during transport and protect the trees from wind during transport -- do not move them in an open truck. If these are valuable trees or have sentimental value, I would strongly recommend you consult on site with a professionally trained certified arborist to evaluate how the move could be done. (Many will consult for an hourly fee.)

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