best time to transplant tree?

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Old 06-27-06, 02:15 PM
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best time to transplant tree?

Hi. I have a vulcan magnolia in my yard that I plan to give away. It was planted about two years ago. It seems healthy but I'd prefer not to have a tree in that spot. What is the best time of year to transplant it? Also, does anyone have general tips about transplanting trees?

Thanks a lot!
VanLee
 
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Old 06-27-06, 08:44 PM
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Hi VanLee,

How wonderful that you would give away such a lovely tree. Magnolias have massive root systems and don't generally transplant well as much of the root system gets left behind when it's dug up. You will have to dig a wide rootball. The best time to do this is late winter into early spring, before the tree breaks dormancy. Check to see that there are no circling roots as these trees tend to do that.

Here's sites on how to b&b (ball and burlap) the root ball, what to look for when digging up your tree, how to transplant, mulch and water. The second site is a video and very helpful. The fourth site has a sketch of the top of the tree wrapped.

http://www.freeplants.com/how_to_bal..._dig_plant.htm
http://www.arborday.org/trees/video/howtoplant.cfm
http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/Garden/07833.html
http://www.ext.nodak.edu/extpubs/pla...ees/f1147w.htm
http://www.treesaregood.com/treecare/mulching.aspx
http://www.mdvaden.com/advice-landsc...ingsuggestions

Some magnolia questions answered.
http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=270408

You don't say how tall this tree is, but I'm guessing it's about 5' to 6'. If it's much larger you may need a special tree mover called a tree spade.
http://www.johnsontree.com/images/new_tree_spade2.jpg

You may find you need a tree hand truck aka tree dolly to move it. They can be rented.
http://www2.northerntool.com/product-1/200307359.htm
http://www.popularmechanics.com/home...tml?page=2&c=y

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Old 06-28-06, 09:54 AM
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Newt, thank you for the great information. It's very helpful.

The magnolia is a lovely tree, but it's planted too close to a maple, the yard is small, and I prefer the maple. I didn't plant the trees -- a former owner of the property did.

Thanks again for your help. I appreciate it.

VL
 
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Old 06-28-06, 11:32 AM
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You are so very welcome!! Don't forget to lift with your knees.

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