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We have a six foot apple tree that we would like to shift to another spot in our garden. What time of the year is it best to do this and do you have any other pieces of advice.

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If you’re going to attempt this, it must be done in winter when it is dormant, however you are best to begin the process now in April by digging around the dripline of the tree to spade depth to stimulate new roots. Next, in the winter months, when its dormant, dig the tree out of the ground and move it to its new location. Keep the root ball intact as much as possible and keep it moist. When you come to plant the tree, make sure the hole is wider and slightly deeper than the tree’s original root ball. Dig in lots of compost into the hole. Add a controlled release fertiliser such as Magamp according to the recommended rate. Ensure that you plant it back at the same depth that it was originally growing. Remember to stake it thoroughly until it becomes re-established. Be careful not to overwater it after replanting as the winter rains should be sufficient. In spring when the leaves are emerging ensure it is kept moist by regular deep watering and mulch it to retain the moisture. A light prune at the same time to tidy it up and / or remove dead or diseased wood could also be done when you’ve replanted it.

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