Nursery Transplanting


Buying a tree from a nursery is harder than just choosing the most beautiful of the lot. The tree must be inspected for disease and insect infestation before bringing it to your home for transplanting. Ask your nursery whether the tree will work in your soil conditions. Having a soil and pH test performed on your soil before transplanting ensures that your soil has the nutrient requirements and proper acidity for the tree you choose. Speak to employees at the nursery about your tree's specific growing requirements.

Step 1

Choose a site in the yard that gets the correct sunlight and wind exposure for your species, recommends North Dakota State University Extension. Consider the mature tree size before planting.

Step 2

Water the area so that it is moist three days before transplanting.

Step 3

Dig a hole three times as large as the root ball of the tree, says University of Tennessee Extension. Dig as deep as the root ball is tall.

Step 4

Untie the burlap bag from the root ball and cut away any damaged roots to prevent disease.

Step 5

Plant the tree so that 1/3 of the root ball is above the hole to allow for settling, says University of Minnesota Extension. Fill in the hole enough to hold the tree in place.

Step 6

Spread out the roots of the plant and begin covering in soil, gently lifting and lowering the tree while filling to reduce air pockets. Fill the hole completely.

Step 7

Water the plant with 5 to 7 gallons of water per week, making sure the soil is moist to a depth of 4 to 8 inches.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Tarp


  • North Dakota State University Extension: Transplanting Trees and Shrubs
  • University of Minnesota Extension: Planting and Transplanting Trees and Shrubs
  • The University of Tennessee Extension: Transplanting Trees
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