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Video:How to Transplant a Tree

with Geri Laufer

Transplanting a tree is an involved process that actually takes a few months, so it's go to know what you're doing. This About.com video will take you through the process of transplanting a tree.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Transplant a Tree

Hi, I'm horticulturist Geri Laufer, here on behalf of Crabapple Landscape Experts for About.com. We're going to discuss how to transplant a tree.

Root Pruning When Transplanting a Tree

Now, if you have in your mind that you want to transplant a tree, you have to back up 4-6 months before you transplant it and get it ready by root pruning. Root pruning is done prior to moving the tree and what happens is you take a sharp spade and prune vertically in a circle around the tree.

And sever the roots that are outside of that circle. So you're cutting off the roots and what happens is new feeder roots will grow within the circle that you have root pruned. And this happens in about a season. Four months or so.

Re-Planting the Tree

Then, when you're ready to dig it up, I suggest you find the hole that is going to accept the transplant before you ever dig up the tree. So, rule of thumb, the hole ought to be three times the size of the root ball an the same depth. Since you've done the root pruning and dug the trench all you have to do is pry up in case you have roots that are going straight down and those you would cut and lift and plant the tree.

When you're finished, be sure to water in thoroughly and cover it with mulch. And furthermore, make sure that it doesn't dry out for at least six months after planting.

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