Posted by M. D. Vaden on June 14, 2003 at 20:58:12:
In Reply to: moving fruit trees in Summer posted by Jake on June 14, 2003 at 18:53:29:
I moved my 3 year old Apple tree in summer once when restyling the back yard.
Obviously you will dig a nice rootball - maybe 20" wide and 12" to 15" deep.
Cut the circle - sharpen the shovel first.
When digging the surrounding soil, dig sideways so you don't pry pressure into the ball and crack the ball.
After the first trench ring, cut a second circular ring deeper and under the ball to complete it.
If you use a cheap $2 tarp, wad 1/2 of it and wad that 1/2 under the ball by tilting the tree. Then tilt it the other way and pull the wadded 1/2 to the other side.
Then 2 people can cradle the ball and lift and drag and skid using the four corners as handles.
Also, prune out about 1/3 of the growth, unless you can get almost all the roots.
Put the tree in the hole - and sometimes I fill the hole 1/3 with water and muck the backfill soil in - like "mudding" it in. I will do that even though its not the ideal for soil structure if its a summer move where good soil contact to the root ball is more essential than preserving soil structure.