Moving a sweet bay magnolia - Knowledgebase Question

Jeffersonville, IN
Question by hollynortham
April 30, 2010
I need to move a sweet bay magnolia that has been in the ground about 7 years. When is the best time to move it and do I need to do anything special when I move it?

Answer from NGA
April 30, 2010


Spring and fall are both good seasons to dig and transplant landscape trees and shrubs. I'd move it now so it has a chance to settle in before hot summer weather arrives. Try not to damage too many roots during the digging process. The more of the root mass you can move, the less stress your magnolia will suffer and the faster it will re-establish in a new part of the garden. Be sure to plant it at the same soil level as it was growing before and don't forget to water it well after the move to help settle the soil. Best wishes with the move!

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