Posted by Mike G on September 24, 2002 at 18:33:41:
In Reply to: Magnolia replanting posted by Georgia on September 21, 2002 at 11:59:27:
Transplanting in the fall is a great time to transplant for the plant will have a "grass roots" base for spring and will grow even faster, rather than having to adapt to new conditions if planted in spring. Transplanting a Magnolia tree of that height will require five steps to complete the job.
The first step is to prepare the hole first with a nice wide hole and drop some humus into the bottom of the hole. Humus is a natural antibiotic and comes from decomposing trees. A humus-enriched soil helps drain water as well as allows air to reach the roots.
Second, cut back about 1/3 of the tree before digging it out. This lessens nutrient need until roots take hold and reduces the area exposed to drying sun and wind. Do not just cut from the top down; prune broken and crossing branches and branches that are too close to each other.
Third, dig a trench at least 4 feet in diameter and about 18 inches deep. If roots obstruct the space, move further away from the trunk and with a digging fork, carefuly remove anchoring soil from the exposed roots. Leave as much soil around the roots as possible. Sway the plant gentle to loose the tree's hold.
Fourth, With a ball of earth surrounding the roots, immediately move the tree into the receiving hole. Do not let the roots dry out.
Fifth, surround the root ball in its new hole with nutrient-rich soil. After this, you may want to fertilize and mulch around the plant.
This may take a lot of time and effort, but will result in a healthy tree.