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Re: Transplanting Trees - Part 2

  • Subject: Re: [cg] Transplanting Trees - Part 2
  • From: Lekoma Akate <lekoma216@cox.net>
  • Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2004 11:31:56 -0600

Title: Re: [cg] Transplanting Trees - Part 2
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.

Adding amendments to the soil when backfilling can cause the tree roots to stay in that area.  They will tend to not grow out farther than the hole dug to plant it.  At best mix a little fertilizer in with the backfill and proceed as Jim explained.  This is what the recent research is saying.  Good luck,  Lekoma

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