I was planning to transplant some small trees that are growing wild near my property to an area closer to the house. I have my eye on some sycamores, tulip poplars and sugar maples that are each less than four feet tall, probably about 1 - 1.5" trunk diameter. I had planned to tag the trees that I want, and then dig them up and replant in late November after the leaves have dropped and they have gone dormant. I feel that this should allow the root systems to get somewhat established before the hot, dry summer gets here. I have been told that you can almost bare-root saplings and small trees at this time. Is this true? Either way, I think that my chances for success would increase if I maximize the size of the root ball. Is this the best time of the year to transplant trees? Should I get this done before we have a hard freeze? Also, should I apply any kind of fertilizer to help the roots establish themselves? If so, what type? What about existing, established trees - when and what kind of fertilizer? Thanks for the help!