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Hi there, I have just brought a property in Pokeno, 100yr old house on 6000sqm of flat land. The only garden to speak of are some wonderful fruit trees, plum, apple, pear, peach – lucky for me all are heavy with fruit at the moment. As is often the way, little planning has gone in to the placement of these fruit trees and as such they are smack bang in the middle of the area to the rear of the house where I would like to put in a natural pool surrounded by gardens etc. The front yard which is a good sized paddock currently already also contains three fruit trees, currently fruiting – I would like to make this paddock an orchard of sorts planting it in fruiting trees only. I am loath to cut down mature fruiting trees and to avoid doing that would like to move those trees to the front paddock. Can you give me some advice on how best to go about this? I would like to move an apple and a plum tree, both mature and at least 6yrs old. Both are in bad need of pruning. Thanks.

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Hi Jenny

How exciting for you! You will adore your new investment I can tell. If you are moving mature fruit trees do so with a digger and preferably a contractor who knows how to unearth these assets. They should be pruned first in May (be sure to use pruning paint) and then moved while dormant into well prepared ground with new organic garden mix into backfilled hole.

Enjoy your garden. Maria Palmers national garden consultant.

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