Can a cedar tree be transplanted?

Old 08-29-11, 09:48 AM
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Can a cedar tree be transplanted?

I have an eastern red cedar tree, about 8' tall, with a trunk about 2" in diam at the ground, which appears to my naive eye to be growing normally. I also have a different spot that I would rather put it in, in my front yard. Is it practical at all to consider digging it up and moving it to a different spot about 30 feet away? I have no botanical knowledge at all so I could not possibly guess if this would kill the tree in a New York minute. I also have no idea at all how heavy the roots and dirt would be, assuming I could even get down to the proper amount of dirt to preserve the roots, etc. Is this just a totally dumb idea entirely? Should I just spend the money and have professionals plant an entirely new one where I want it?
Old 08-29-11, 10:40 AM
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Yes, this can be moved. I would think you could do it by yourself but your questions make me think it might be better for the tree if someone who has transplanted trees before did the work for you.
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Not a pro but I've transplanted a lot of trees over the years and I've always had good luck if the trees were small.......but when they start getting taller than me the success rate goes down

I agree with Mitch - you probably ought to at least talk to someone with experience in your area with that type of tree.

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