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Moving Trees

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Randy J, Jun 21, 2004.

  1. Randy J

    Randy J LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have about 5 10' - 15' trees to move with a tree spade. I'm thinking the best time of year to move them would be late winter, before they come out of dormacy. Would that sound correct?
  2. D Felix

    D Felix LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What kind of trees?

    Usually most tree digging is done in very early spring, before buds break, or very, very soon after. There are some trees that are only dug in the fall.

    I assume they are deciduous, what is the caliper size on them? Measure diameter 6" up from the ground, that is the caliPer measurement, anytime you see caliBer, that usually refers to guns.:p

  3. Randy J

    Randy J LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Hey Dan, they're some variety of oak. I'd guess the caliper size to be about 4 - 5 inches or so. I'll try to measure here sometime soon.
  4. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
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    we do 2 digs a year...spring and fall.
  5. Randy J

    Randy J LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I would think spring would be the best as the tree is getting ready to start growth, is that correct Kris?
  6. Rtom45

    Rtom45 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Generally, oaks transplant better in the early spring, at least in the Northeast.
  7. lawn jockey

    lawn jockey LawnSite Member
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    Oaks a better to be spaded in the spring,they bud alot later than most trees and loose leaves alot later also
  8. mdvaden

    mdvaden LawnSite Bronze Member
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    If your plants - in general - start to go iinto dormancy around October or November, I'd try autumn anyway, even with an oak.

    Don't your temperatures start dipping that time of year in your area too?

    Major root growth for trees is usually around October to December.

    Waiting until spring means hacking into a larger root system.

    Your area my be different, but waiting till spring here, means driving onto wetter soil - more mess. But that's not always an issue.

    Fall transplant means replanting and getting the roots started in the cool season, so the trees are ready to strut their stuff the next season instead of just hanging in there.

    If they still are holding leaves in fall, spray them down with one of those foliage sealants like an antidessicant. In a few weeks, the leaves will drop anyway.
  9. Randy J

    Randy J LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Hey MD, that makes sense. We to start cooling off late September or October. It makes sense that would be the major root growing time of year, just like turfgrass. I'll try to set it up for that time. What kind of root stimulant do you find beneficial?
  10. mdvaden

    mdvaden LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I've never used a root stimulant. I just make sure to keep the rootball moist and keep mulch on top. Even if it rains for water, mulch helps prevent soil compaction from rain, and insulates the soil a bit, slightly increasing the cool season root growth period.

    I never fertilize at planting. Fertilizer means bigger healthier leaves, which will be very thirsty for water from a fairly small root system next year. I'd rather have moderate growth than fast growth the first year.

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