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05/10/2014 at 08:32

Hi everyone, I have a red Acer about 3.5-4 meters ( 12ft ) high and nearly as wide with a trunk of about 6" dia. Would there be any chance that it could be moved safely? At the moment it is in my front garden which will soon be cleared of trees and shrubs to make way for car parking. It seems a shame to just cut it down. It's now Oct. so at the best time to move trees. 

05/10/2014 at 13:22

Trees of that size can be moved but only by using specialised machinery and it will be expensive.  This video shows how it's done:


08/11/2014 at 13:20

Hi, is it ok to move my acer from its pot ( been in there about 10 years!) to a spot in the garden. I have selected the spot which is quite sheltered by a wall - I have put some John Innes (3 I think) into soil. Is there anything else I should do? All advice welcome - thank you.  

08/11/2014 at 14:26

Hi Helen, potted trees can be planted at any time of the year but now is a particularly good time.  Add some fish, blood and bone fertilizer to the planting hole and soil removed from that and mix it in a bit before planting the tree.  It might be worth sprinkling some mycorrhizal fungi (ie Rootgrow) onto the root-ball before planting it into the hole.

Just one thing though: Acers like neutral to acid soil, so if your soil is alkaline (eg if you live in a chalk or limestone area) I would recommend that you just transplant it into a larger pot instead of into the soil where it might suffer.

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