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    • andrewf75
    • By andrewf75 10th Oct 17, 11:24 AM
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    possible to move conifer?
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    • 10th Oct 17, 11:24 AM
    possible to move conifer? 10th Oct 17 at 11:24 AM
    Am planning to chop down some conifers and am just wondering whether one may be possible to move....

    I believe its an Irish yew, about 2.5 to 3m high, no real central trunk just upward growing branches

    Worth trying to dig out a rootball and move? Don't have any serious equipment.
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    • Ebe Scrooge
    • By Ebe Scrooge 10th Oct 17, 3:27 PM
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    Yews can sometimes get a bit unhappy if you try to move them, but it's worth a try. Make sure you dig out a good rootball, that's the key thing. Prepare the new hole well - yews like a well-drained soil. Add in some good well-rotted manure or compost. And water it really well for the first few weeks to help the roots get established - even if it rains.


    Autumn or Spring are generally the best times to move shrubs, when the soil is reasonably warm. So if you want to do it this year, I'd do it pretty soon.
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    • glasgowdan
    • By glasgowdan 10th Oct 17, 3:45 PM
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    • 10th Oct 17, 3:45 PM
    I think it'll be a difficult task. You'd need to dig such a big rootball you wouldn't be able to move it. If you're going to take it down anyway there's no harm in trying.
    • andrewf75
    • By andrewf75 10th Oct 17, 3:50 PM
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    • 10th Oct 17, 3:50 PM
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    • 10th Oct 17, 3:50 PM
    Thanks guys
    Yeah nothing to lose, I'll dig around it and see how it looks
    • qwert yuiop
    • By qwert yuiop 10th Oct 17, 3:56 PM
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    • 10th Oct 17, 3:56 PM
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    • 10th Oct 17, 3:56 PM
    The roots are going to be huge. There's a business near here that supplies quite big trees for instant parks and gardens. The soil ball is about the size of a small house on some of them, so it's a jcb dig, followed by a crane on to a low loader.
    • andrewf75
    • By andrewf75 10th Oct 17, 4:02 PM
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    • 10th Oct 17, 4:02 PM
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    • 10th Oct 17, 4:02 PM
    The roots are going to be huge. There's a business near here that supplies quite big trees for instant parks and gardens. The soil ball is about the size of a small house on some of them, so it's a jcb dig, followed by a crane on to a low loader.
    Originally posted by qwert yuiop
    yep I suspect they will be too big, but having dug out conifer roots before they are not that huge
    (never tried to get them out intact though to be fair!)
    • glasgowdan
    • By glasgowdan 10th Oct 17, 7:39 PM
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    • 10th Oct 17, 7:39 PM
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    • 10th Oct 17, 7:39 PM
    That's the thing, if you want to dig out a rootball and keep the roots intact it'll be huge. If you dig a movable ball there'll be loads of roots damaged.
    • andrewf75
    • By andrewf75 11th Oct 17, 10:01 AM
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    • 11th Oct 17, 10:01 AM
    yeah thanks, I think this idea was a bit ambitious!
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