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I am looking at moving a maple tree that is about 1.5-2 metres i am just wondering about the best way to do so without damaging the tree

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This is best done during its dormant time in winter; however you need 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 by wrapping it. 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.

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