|We are in the process of trying to transplant a juniper that is at least 5 ft. tall. How deep and wide should the hole be? What do I need to use to amend the soil to make it just right? Could you tell me the survival rate of transplanting such trees?|
|Summer is a really risky time to try to transplant your juniper. The loss of roots on such a large plant is very stressful. Combine this with the heat of summer and your chances of success are very low. November would be a better time, as it would allow the tree some time to settle in and begin root growth before the onset of warm weather.|
When you dig the tree, get as much of the roots as possible. The more the better. Experts debate the advantage of cutting back the top, but I think reducing it by about 1/3 is a good idea. Dig the new hole only as deep as the plant's root system, wider is okay.
I wouldn't amend the soil with anything. Your native soil is fine. Don't put fertilizer in the planting hole. The plant will be trying to establish a new root system, and additional nutrients are not neeeded until new roots are established
Good luck with your juniper!