Transplanting A Dwarf Cherry Tree - Knowledgebase Question

Provo, UT
Question by agunnell
March 9, 2001
We have a dwarf cherry tree (not sure what kind) that we want to transplant to another area in our yard. I think it's only a couple years old and is about 6 feet tall. Do you have any advice on any precautions we should take? When we should move it, how deep to dig to avoid roots. Any advice is appreciated.


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Answer from NGA
March 9, 2001

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not too wet during the first year of growth. Always water deeply (two feet) to encourage root growth and to flush salts below the roots? active growing area. Deep, infrequent irrigation is preferable. Frequent, shallow sprinklings do more harm than good. To determine how far water has penetrated, poke a soil probe (any long metal rod or screwdriver) into the soil. It will move easily through moist soil, stopping abruptly where soil is dry. As trees mature, expand the watering zone somewhat beyond the tree?s canopy (or dripline), which is where roots are actively growing.
not too wet during the first year of growth. Always water deeply (two feet) to encourage root growth and to flush salts below the roots? active growing area. Deep, infrequent irrigation is preferable. Frequent, shallow sprinklings do more harm than good. To determine how far water has penetrated, poke a soil probe (any long metal rod or screwdriver) into the soil. It will move easily through moist soil, stopping abruptly where soil is dry. As trees mature, expand the watering zone somewhat beyond the tree?s canopy (or dripline), which is where roots are actively growing.

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