Small tree xplanting

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Old 10-20-06, 12:55 PM
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Small tree xplanting

First off - what are these?

http://www.cienega32.com/house/smtree1.jpg

http://www.cienega32.com/house/smtree2.jpg

Once upon a time I knew but not anymore!

Anyway - I need to remove them for a grading project and they're right where I'm envisioning a walkway, with them bordering one side. In other words - besides them being in the way, they're three feet from where I want them!

Can these be put in pots for a few days or a week or so? What do I need to do so I don't lose them?

The 5 of them are only 1.5 to 2 feet tall right now. They've only been in the ground a year and a half at the very most (P.O. planted before selling) and I like what they grow into being but I want/need a walkway right there.

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Old 10-20-06, 07:43 PM
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They are a cedar. Yes you can dig them, put them in a pot and keep watered so they don't dry out. Dig a large enough rootball so you don't sever the roots if. Water the day before you dig if the ground is dry. If you keep them in pots for a while, keep them in a shady spot so the pots don't dry out. You may have to water them daily while they're waiting to go back in the ground. You should find this helpful.
http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/plantsci/trees/f1147w.htm

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Old 10-21-06, 01:39 AM
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Cedar? I guess I didn't know what they were at all. I thought they were some sort of juniper or cypress or something or another that I can't remember but cedar definitely wasn't one of my thoughts. --Not that I would know the differences anyway.

They get these little blue/green round buds or something inside and remind me of these tall skinny trees we had on Long Island as a kid.

Sounds simple enough to preserve these and hopefully my brown thumb won't take over. I always liked them when I was a kid.

Thanks again for another helpful response and link - you're (thankfully) quite the know-it-all aren't you!
 
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Old 10-21-06, 08:19 AM
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You are so very welcome!! Actually, I've read that cedar and juniper are related. This might be helpful to id your shrubs as cedar.
http://www.cfl.scf.rncan.gc.ca/collections-cfl/hosttrees/conifers/cedar.html

Here's the different cedars. Once you click on a particular species you can click on the pics for a larger view.
http://www.treehelp.com/trees/cedar/index.asp

Juniper id.
http://www.treesforlife.org.uk/tfl.juniper.html

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Old 10-21-06, 08:20 AM
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They look like emerald cedars. They look healthy too, theyr'e pretty hardy, make excellent windbreaks and privacy fences. I have about 60 along my fence line. Planted about 2 1/2ft apart. (I want a privacy hedge)You do have to keep them well watered if you pot them up for any length of time, although when I purchased mine 4 years ago from a local nursery they were bought bare root (no pot no soil) we kept them in the cool garage for about a week in a garbage bag covering the roots before planting them and they survived very well. Newt has answered questions for me in the past and has always been very accurate with her replies. WTG Newt!
Good Luck with your project.
 
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Old 10-21-06, 12:04 PM
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Yeah... I had to make a new folder called "Newt's Links" inside my 'Garden" folder for the house stuff. So many and all good! The 'bad' thing is that, after exploring them all, I almost forget the main objective!

My credentials in these matters are that I couldn't tell a cedar from a box of drinking straws. I keep thinking of cedars like I do Oaks and other big canopy normal leaf type shade trees. My technical vocabulary is limited to such terms as "A big tree, a little tree, a hedge".

Looking thru one of links, the picture of "Foilage of Oriental Arborvitae" looks a lot like them too. But to tell you the truth - they all alike to me.

The main thing tho', is that I now don't have to worry too much about removing/relocating them - other than being careful as outlined, it seems.

Some things the P.O. left the ID tags on and that was handy with the two Ranger Peach trees. Real sharp looking in the Spring and what a surprise when I saw peaches a month or two later! The Doves and Road Runners seem to love them...
 
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Old 10-21-06, 12:53 PM
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You two are a riot! If you think you have lots of folders, you should see mine. I have so many catagories for gardening it's scary! Ever with all those I still have to google for info. Thank heavens my folders have a search feature or I'd be lost.

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