Asked on Oct 15, 2017

When is the best time to transplant a small maple

Pro1717163DesertRoseSusan Whalen


4 answers
  • Susan Whalen
    on Oct 15, 2017

    Anytime the ground isn't frozen. A year before you move it (unless it's under two ft. tall) Dig straight down all around it out at least eight inches from the trunk so it has a chance to develop a "root ball" . When you move it, dig a hole a foot deep and two feet wide. Put equal parts manure, and a quality soil mix. That will give it a good start.

    P.S. Don't plant a Norway Maple as disease is ravaging them across the North American continent. It is a black blight that appears as dime sized spots on the leaves.
  • Susan Whalen
    on Oct 15, 2017

    Be careful not to transplant a Norway Maple as they have a blight which travels. If the tree is under two ft. tall, just dig it up with a foot round root ball and plant it in a 18" wide, 12" deep hole that has been lined with a mixture of rich earth and manure.
  • DesertRose
    on Oct 15, 2017

    The best time is in the spring. Be sure to put water in the hole and a little gravel if your soil is clay based. In severely clay content soil we also dug a trench from the hole and filled it with gravel to let the water have a place to drain. Then we planted our trees with lots of good potting soil to give them a good start. We tamped down the soil around the root ball and mulched it. Hope this helps and your maple grows well!
  • Pro1717163
    on Oct 15, 2017

     thanks to all of you for your advice. I'll give it a go as soon as the rain stops here in Michigan.
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