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Old 03-02-2008, 06:17 AM
 
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Hello, I planted 12 Arbovitae trees last summer and I would like to move all of them back 100 feet from where they are planted. Can I do this without any of the trees dying ? Do they need plenty of water ? All 12 have survived the winter here in New Jersey so far. Any help you can give me will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 03-05-2008, 08:22 PM
 
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If they only had less than a year to establish, you shouldn't have any huge problems.

Transplant them as soon as the frost is out of the ground. Be sure to take a generous rootball with each plant to minimize shock. Plant into a suitable size hole with some enriched soil. Water well and continue to water for at least a month.
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Old 03-05-2008, 08:58 PM
 
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I have moved trees of that type before, tho not in the same area, but I would agree with Cornerguy - move them ASAP before they get going into spring buds etc. Big rootball is essential - bigger the better.

An obvious point but maybe worth mentioning - have the new planting holes completely ready before you start to dig up the trees. Make sure they are big/deep enough, and put some water into the hole before you put in the rootball.

To ensure a good water supply, consider planting a watering tube in with the tree which will enable water to be poured straight down to the roots. They don't need especially huge amounts of water but must NOT dry out in their first 2-3 years of establishing a good root system.

O - and stake them, so the wind doesn't disturb the roots!

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Old 03-05-2008, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Iowa, Des Moines Metro
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I don't have anything to add to what the previous posters said, BUT I will say that Arbovitaes are one of the best wind blocks around Good pick if that's what you're using it for!
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Old 03-08-2008, 06:30 AM
 
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Thanks for the helpful infromation !!!!!!!
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