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    Can this tree be moved?

    I've got this oak tree (chinkapin I think) growing at the base of this river birch. Is there any specific method for trying to dig it up and move it? I have a feeling I'm just going to get a shovelfull of roots. I'm going to wait until the fall after it's dormant to minimize any chance of killing it. Should I just start digging and hope for the best?

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    Sapling
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    michigan zone 5
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    RE: Can this tree be moved?

    Chances are the roots are intertwined with the river birch and those tend to be shallow. Don't know how good it works on Oaks but a trickle from a hose that saturates the soil might lube it enough that you can pull it out bare-root style. Chances are spring would be better as the ground is much moister.

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    Oak
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    Central Indiana
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    RE: Can this tree be moved?

    Depending on the particular situation, I'd be inclined (tempted at least!) to leave it and let it grow. When it got big enough, I'd remove the river birches and plant new ones elsewhere, keeping the large oak there.


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