View Full Version : best time of year for transplanting trees?

03-04-2004, 09:52 PM
When is the best time of the year for transplanting trees? I bought 4 acres this last winter, and it is heavily wooded on the back side, and none towards the front. when they put the road in, all the trees were taken down. I have a couple nice small oak trees, that I want to move to the front. (they will need to be removed for a house anyways)

Thanks. Jeff

03-04-2004, 09:57 PM
Ideal time is when they are dormant. But if done properly, you should be able to do it almost anytime.

03-04-2004, 10:10 PM
So just after the frost comes out of the ground?

03-04-2004, 11:13 PM
Correct. Use NO fertilizer when transplanting. Once it gets established, you can deep root fert. it if needed.

03-04-2004, 11:38 PM
First part of december is the best time to transplant trees, just before the ground freezes. Even later part of nov would be good too.

03-04-2004, 11:45 PM
Doesn't look like you have any garden hoses close by so do it before the heat comes.

03-05-2004, 02:17 AM
Just for a start you could check the site below.
I hope you can learn just a little about our friends that emit more oxygen than you could ever believe.
It is not hard to move trees if you have the info. And of course water.
Looks like a great site from the photo, what type of soil do you have, how about the ph?
There are products out that help in transplanting.
Just my 2 cents

03-05-2004, 06:59 AM
In general, oak trees move better in the spring than in the fall.

03-05-2004, 11:15 AM
Thanks for the responses, and thanks for the link earthtool.

I was told the soil is sand, but, it looks more like clay, black dirt.

How big of a bulb will I need to dig up? The 2 small oaks are about 2" in diameter.

03-05-2004, 01:20 PM
About 32-36" diameter root ball. Just about the same size as a B&B tree.