Tips for Digging and Moving Transplants

These tried and true tips will greatly help reduce shock to your transplant and improve your chances of a successful transplant.  

  • Plan to dig your transplants as soon as the ground thaws, and before the new buds open.
  • If you cannot dig transplants in the spring, try digging them in the fall after they have become dormant.
  • Cover the root ball with wet burlap, keep the soil intact around the roots.
  • Do not place trees/plants directly on the metal bed of a pickup, place cardboard boxes or plywood in the bed first.
  • If transporting trees/plants a long distance, try to cover them with light colored or reflective tarp to prevent the sun and wind from drying the trees out.
  • Keep the trees/plants in a cool place out of the sun until they are planted.