Too late to transplant tree in metro area

Asked October 30, 2018, 4:27 PM EDT

We have a couple of maple trees that we would like to move. Is it too late to transplant? We are thinking of doing on Saturday, November 3. Thanks for your help.

Washington County Minnesota

1 Response

It is probably too late to transplant your maples now and hope that they survive through the winter. Part of this depends upon the size of the trees you hope to transplant. If they are two feet or higher, it is unlikely that they will be able to develop an adequate root system to sustain them over the winter. Early spring (April if the ground is not frozen) would be a more opportune time. However in anticipation of that, consider “root pruning” your maple trees this fall. This will promote a more compact root ball to develop by spring, which will greatly enhance your success in transplanting. The following articles will provide detailed instructions on root pruning as well as procedures to be followed in transplanting next spring:

http://rocklandcce.org/resources/transplanting-trees-and-shrubs

https://extension.psu.edu/transplanting-or-moving-trees-and-shrubs-in-the-landscape

https://extension.umn.edu/how/planting-and-transplanting-trees-and-shrubs (Note the many links at this site)

http://www.myminnesotawoods.umn.edu/2008/04/seasonal-care-of-trees-shrubs-transplanting/ (Note in this article the recommendation to transplant in the spring)

https://homeguides.sfgate.com/transplant-maple-trees-41935.html

Good Luck!!