Transplanting Fruit Trees - Knowledgebase Question

Harrison, AR
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Question by gardens77
December 29, 2002
happy new year i have a semi dwarf cherry tree that is about ten years old with a trunk diameter of about 3 inches i would like to move this tree. is it safe to move without losing the tree and if it is okay to when should i move it thank you for your time also if i move it can i mix some cowmanure in the soil what ever help will be appreciated i really want to move this tree dont let me move it if the tree will die my wife will have sleeping in the barn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thanks you are great folks

Answer from NGA
December 29, 2002
Unfortunately, I think this tree is probably just too well established in its current location to be moved successfully without specialized professional tree moving equipment such as a mechanized tree spade and winch, etc. The tree would need to be prepared for transplanting by doing root pruning over a year in advance, too. This technique stimulates root growth closer to the trunk so that the tree will be able to re-establish quickly after the move. (Tree roots typically spread even wider under ground than the branches spread.) You might want to look into planting a replacement in the new location instead. I'm really sorry I can't be more encouraging, but I really don't want you to end up sleeping in the barn, either.

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