Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by cp, Jun 26, 2001.

  1. cp

    cp LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 263

    I have a property with 4 dogwoods (app. 6' tall). Three are in good shape, however they are only 2 1/2 feet from an asphalt drive.

    I have put the customer off from cutting them down until I can determine if they can be transplanted. I don't like cutting dogwoods but they were put in the wrong place.

    Any suggestions, cut or dig, and do I have enough room to dig?????:confused:

    Thanks Chris..
  2. Scraper

    Scraper LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,656

    I would think you should be able to get a good enough root ball seeing as you have 2.5' all the way around as wiggle room. I would say a 3' wide root ball would be sufficient. I would however wait til Nov/Dec. after the trees have gone dormant to attempt any type of transplanting.

    You may disregard what I said above and read this thread....very informative* Links to other discussion forums are prohibited.
  3. cp

    cp LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 263

    Thanks Scraper, Good Site, I may not have any luck but I would rather try to transplant rather than cut.

    Thanks Again..
  4. greens1

    greens1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 352

    This time of year it is likely that the transplant shock would be so severe that a 4' dogwood, root pruned from a nursery, would outgrow it in a year or two. I would wait untill Sept. or cut it down. Sometimes cutting down a tree is simply the right thing to do, although I don't like cutting them down either.

    Jim L
  5. cp

    cp LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 263

    Thanks for the help.. I will definately wait til fall...
    Customer is OK with trying to save trees...

    Again, Thanks...Chris:)

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