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Old 09-22-2008, 12:54 AM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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I have a 3 ft. Southern Live Oak tree that I need to move because we are building a garage where it is. What month should I wait to move it? Late fall, winter or early spring?

Also same for the Loblolly pines. I have two that I carelessly planted too close to some other trees and they are getting smothered out.

Thanks.
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Old 09-22-2008, 04:37 AM
 
Location: a primitive state
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Do it between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Make sure you water them periodically.

Southern Live Oaks will occasionally die in severely cold weather. Tennessee is not part of their natural range. Good luck.
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Old 09-24-2008, 10:15 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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Do it between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Make sure you water them periodically.

Southern Live Oaks will occasionally die in severely cold weather. Tennessee is not part of their natural range. Good luck.
Yes and thanks. Oh yes, I have had these Live Oaks for a few years and they have made it with stride. They have endured temperatures as low as 13° during our harshest cold snaps!

Strange - one has big leaves and is growing moderately (this is the one I have to move). However the other has SMALL leaves, but growing very fast... my father said its "reaching" for the sun, because he said it was not getting enough sun. We are going to try to dig as deep as possible and try not to even disturb the roots.

Should I prune these and when? Thanks.
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Old 09-25-2008, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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Live oaks vary from one tree to another. Some have bigger leaves than others. Some trees have leaves with bristles, and others don't. Some trees produce larger acorns, and others produce tiny ones.
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Old 09-25-2008, 12:31 PM
 
Location: somewhere close to Tampa, but closer to the beach
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..though im not sure if this rule applies to others...here in calif.. they tell any-
one considering moving oaks to dig deep enough to get as much of the tap root as possible..,too little may spell death for the tree..especially with our valley and live oaks..

both pines and oaks are best moved during fall/winter...as long as the ground is workable...
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Old 09-25-2008, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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Here's a good article with instructions for your tranplanting chore: Trees: Transplant Live Oak, soil mulch, soil ball
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