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Dwarf Alberta Spruce
Moving Trees

Q: We are thinking of transplanting 2, 6 ft. Alberta spruce trees that are 20 yrs. old, maybe a little more, to a house that we have just built.

Would it be practical for us to move 2 of these that are this old?

A: If the plants are in good condition, then yes, it would be practical to transplant them.

6' dwarf Alberta spruces are hard to come by, and when you do, they aren't inexpensive.

Be sure to get a good, firm, properly-sized root ball. The root ball should be 10-12" in diameter for every inch in diameter the trunk is (measured at 6" above ground level), i.e., a 4" diameter trunk requires a 40-48" root ball.

They can either be hand-dug or moved with a tree-spade. Either way, I think it would be worth the effort and cost, especially if they have a sentimental value to you.



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