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japanese maple transplanting

Discussion in 'Nurseries and Growers' started by Eastcoastlawnman, Feb 1, 2017.

  1. Eastcoastlawnman

    Eastcoastlawnman LawnSite Member
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    can i dig out a japenese maple and transplant it to another location without killing it
     
  2. hort101

    hort101 LawnSite Fanatic
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    how big? aprox time its been there?=rootball size have you transplanted trees before?
     
  3. Eastcoastlawnman

    Eastcoastlawnman LawnSite Member
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    its about 4 ft tall its planted in rocks root ball have no idea trunk thickness about 6inches in diameter ive transplantes small trees about two feet tall...
     
  4. Eastcoastlawnman

    Eastcoastlawnman LawnSite Member
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    pribly been there at least 5 years
     
  5. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yes, but it sounds like a big job. How is it buried into the rocks? Size of the rocks?
     
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  6. hort101

    hort101 LawnSite Fanatic
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    the root ball is going to need to be about 3ft across probably weigh 200 lbs or more youll need a nursery spade to ball it:)
     
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  7. hort101

    hort101 LawnSite Fanatic
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    id probably do it in the spring will need to be watered consistently after transplant it still might have its cage:cry:or clay ball which will make it harder and heavier
     
  8. hort101

    hort101 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Id pull all the rocks first and be careful the branches are brittle and break easily definately a two person job:)
     
  9. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Japanese maples move really well they're not the delicate flowers people think they are. He put about 10 inches of dirt for every caliper inch of tree and you'll have no problem. Just be careful when digging it if you don't have a spade to not bust up the root ball.
     
  10. KUMA01

    KUMA01 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I helped a guy do this last year it was alittle bit bigger than your by like a inch we put it on a sheet of plyboard and took a chainsaw cut a hole for the straps and hooked it up to his truck and then man handled it on the plyboard then pulled it to the location man handled it to where we wanted it
     
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