RE: Transplanting Fir Trees
- Subject: RE: [cg] Transplanting Fir Trees
- From: "Jim Call" <email@example.com>
- Date: Sat, 27 Mar 2004 13:51:28 -0600
- Importance: Normal
Dig up as much of
the rootball as you and your husband (or boyfriend) can manage. Wrap it in
burlap and tie it up or place the rootball in a large plastic planter and fill
it with leaf mulch. Place the rootball or container end toward the back of
the cab of the truck. If the tree has leaves, wrap it gently with a
lightweight tarp. Wind damage will cause leaf burn so you will need to
minimize exposure. Do not wrap the tree until you are ready to transport
it to its new home. A plastic tarp creates a hot environment especially if
exposed to the sun.
Make sure you
plant the tree properly. Do not dig a hole to the exact size of the
rootball. This will create a claypot environment and its roots will have hard
time extending out, plus the hole created in this manner may end of drowning the
roots. The hole should be dug to about twice the size of the
rootball. Contrary to popular belief, the root system of trees are
primarily in the top 18" of the soil. Being only 5' tall, the tree
will probably will not need staking.
first year of a transplanted tree's life is the
most important. You need to take special measures to
ensure that it is watered properly. Being in the south, I
put a water retentive polymer around the rootball when planting the tree.
This crystal like amendment swells up like jello when exposed to water, then
releases it slowly to surrounding plants or trees. If
you have alot of rain normally during the season, I would forego using
it. I also put down some slow release fertilizer designed for trees.
tree as soon as possible. Spring is here.
thing, put a 3 to 4 inch layer of wood chips or leaf mulch around the
tree (3' out from tree itself) . I can't say enough about mulching.
Do not pile the mulch to a foot or more around the tree. We
have a bunch of idiots around here that seem to think
the higher the mulch around the tree, the better. I
think they must have attended the Bozo School of
Hope this helps,
vegetable gardener, sometimes tree planter.
Once again I come to the listserv for advice. I have a small fir
tree, approximately 5 feet tall, that beautiful though it is, must be
moved. The tree is located too close to the house and could create
problems down the road if left in its present spot.
I don't want to just chop it down, rather move it to a place more suited
to its anticipated growth. Once dug up, it's taking a cross-town trip in
the back of a pickup, about a 30 minute drive, to a relative's house for
Would you please give me some advice on how to do it with minimal shock
to the tree?
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