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Transplanting Trees - Part 2

  • Subject: [cg] Transplanting Trees - Part 2
  • From: "Jim Call" <jimcall@casagarden.com>
  • Date: Sun, 28 Mar 2004 19:41:26 -0600
  • Importance: Normal

Oh yeah.  A few more items to remember when planting a tree. Try to use the existing soil as much as possible.  If its composed of heavy clay, then mix some organic amendments to the existing soil prior to backfilling it.  Replace the soil in layers while pouring water slowly around the rootball.  This procedure will settle the soil better while minimizing air pockets, plus providing better stability.
During its first season, do not rely on your sprinkler system (for those who have yards) to properly provide enough water for the tree. Your irrigation system will not supply enough water for a transplanted tree. During drought periods, water the tree with a short soaker hose (if available) or just irrigate it with a wand attachment for about 5 to 8 minutes (depending on tree size).  
Hope this helps.  Now... who wants to plant a garden?
 -----Original Message-----
From: community_garden-admin@mallorn.com [mailto:community_garden-admin@mallorn.com]On Behalf Of Connie Nelson
Sent: Saturday, March 27, 2004 12:03 AM
To: community_garden@mallorn.com
Subject: [cg] Transplanting Fir Trees

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 planting.
Would you please give me some advice on how to do it with minimal shock to the tree? 
Connie Nelson
Spokane, WA

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