transplanting a weeping blue atlas cedar and pruning leyland cypress in hot weather. - Knowledgebase Question

Farmingdale, Ne
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Question by gchirichella
August 1, 2005
I have two questions:
A. I'm having a waterfall created in my backyard and i have
a weeping blue atlas cedar that i will be transplanting,
this is all going to be done around August 22nd which
the temperature will still be hot and humid.
I'm very nervous about this transplant due to the hot
temperature. The tree is very healthy (age of tree is about
8 years old)i don't want it to go into transplant shock and
die, is their anything that i can do to make this transplant a
healthy transition??

B. I just recently pruned my leyland cypress, which are
healthy in hot weather, i know the best time to prune
these trees is in the fall, but i had a party
and i wanted them to look neat.
so far they look find after a week.
Will i have problems with these trees due to pruning
them in the hot weather?? Is there any fertilizer
i should give these to help them at this time??
they are about 15 feet each.

Thanks for all your help on thie matter!
Have a great day!!

Answer from NGA
August 1, 2005
I would be very concerned about moving the blue atlas cedar in the heat of summer. This is the most stressful time to transplant and an established tree should be root pruned beginning a year ahead of time to develop a more compact root system in preparation for being moved. I would strongly suggest you consult on site with a professionally trained and certified arborist for an opinion on whether it is worth trying to save it, or not. I'm sorry I can't be more encouraging.

As for the Leyland Cypress, there is nothing special you need to do after pruning. They are resiliant plants. I would not fertilize them this late in the season. Good luck with your project!

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