Transplanting a tree - Knowledgebase Question

pasadena, Ma
Question by guscnn
September 18, 2009
My home is in Pasadena Maryland near Baltimore.
I need to move 5 10ft tall Leland cypress to another area in my yard, what is the best method to do this and what time of the year


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Answer from NGA
September 18, 2009

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You can move your trees now in the fall, or wait until spring. Start digging about midway between the trunk and the longest branches and dig straight down. Expect the majority of the roots to be concentrated in the top 18-24 inches of soil. It's okay to sever some of the feeder roots, but try to keep the largest roots intact to lessen transplant shock. After replanting be sure to water throughly to help settle the soil. The roots should establish over the fall and next spring you should see some new growth. Enjoy your landscape!

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