have a bronze weeping maple tree in our front garden. It is about
20 years old. Can you tell us how and when we can move it to another
more favourable position?
it can be moved in winter when it is dormant. In April/May, dig
around the dripline of the tree to a spade depth. This will stimulate
new roots. In June/July dig the tree out of the ground and move
it to its new position. Make sure the root ball is kept intact as
much as possible. Wet sacks can be wrapped around the root ball
to keep them moist.
Dig in generous amounts
of compost, peat or well-rotted organic material to the new planting
hole. Add a controlled release fertiliser such as Osmocote or Magamp
at the recommended rate.
Make sure the planting
hole is wider and slightly deeper than the tree's original root
Maples like a very sheltered
position away from prevailing winds, and a cool, moist well-drained
Staking may be required
until the tree becomes established.
Let nature do the watering
over winter. When the tree comes into leaf, keep the watering up
regular deep watering is preferable to several light sprinklings.
Mulching with straw, peat, bark, compost, or well-rotted lawn clippings
will keep the soil cool and moist and help the tree re-establish
by Dr Dan Blanchon from Unitec's Diploma in Sustainable Horticulture and Bachelor
of Resource Management.
with permission from NZOOM Home and Garden content,
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