Transplanting Eastern Red Cedars

Asked September 14, 2017, 12:38 PM EDT

Hi! We are hiring a tree spade service to move 25-30 Eastern Red Cedars that are 6-10" in diameter onto our property in Cass County. The trees are being transplanted from 2 miles away with similar sandy soil. We plan to irrigate them with a drip line being pumped from our lake. Do you have recommendations on ammending the soil with anything like root gels, hormones, compost, etc? Also, do you have any other recommendations for the health of the trees? Thanks! - Joe

Cass County Michigan

1 Response

Hi Joe,
The most important part of transplanting the tree is to ensure there are no air pockets under the roots system that could cause the tree to settle in too deep for it to be healthy. Tamping down the soil repeatedly throughout the process, while not compacting the soil, will help eliminate any air pockets.
Watering is also essential to be sure the feeder roots, or the roots that are responsible for most of the water and nutrient uptake remain healthy. Some rooting gel or hormones could help, I would use those in small amounts, if at all, to help the feeder roots establish.
Because site conditions and climate can vary so widely in Michigan, yYou can also check with an arborist to see if anyone has experience moving cedar trees. You can use the phone book, or this tool to find an arborist near you.
I do hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any follow up questions.
Thank you,