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I have a medlar tree, put in about two years ago. It is doing fine in the SW facing corner of the garden but in its present position it doesn't quite fit in with the design of the garden (not that my garden is designed to the last blade of grass). I would like to move it to the E facing side of the garden where there is a good space for it. Would moving it be likely to prove fatal?




There's a chance it might. If the tree's been in under 2 years,you've got a better chance, but its a risk. Best attempted when its dormant, in late autumn or early winter, as long as the weather's not bitterly cold and the ground is frozen. Be prepared to loosen up the soil quite a distance away (2 feet out, maybe more) with a fork first, then you may have to excavate with a spade in order to get the longer roots out intact. When you replant, make sure you have the right shaped hole, and the right depth and spread, to accommodate all the roots without bending them.

21 Jun, 2011


Thank you. I'll think about whether or not it is worth the risk between now and late autumn.


23 Jun, 2011

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