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Re: repositioning a hawthorne hedge"...


Re : repositioning a hawthorne -- edd keogh
Posted by Newt , Aug 09,2005,04:17    Top of Thread   Forum

Hi Edd,

This site you have written to is located in the UK, but appears to have been abandoned by the folks that started it. I try and answer as many questions as I can, but I'm in the US. Though we both speak English, I have learned that we have different meanings for words sometimes. So to clarify for me, so I might better help you:

"I have been told I could push the existing hedge..".
To me this means that you want to dig them up, move them and replant. You do not literally want to "push" them while still in the ground.

"...using a digger with a large bucket."
I'm thinking that a digger is this. We call these bobcats.
http://www.optimabattery.freeserve.co.uk/images/digger.jpg

or maybe this that we call a backhoe. Personally 'digger' seems a more logical name. :)
http://www.digitalfox.co.uk/pooleparkrailway/images/the%20nineties/Brian-driving-digger.jpg

You don't say how long the hawthorne hedge has been in place or how tall it is, but my concern of using either one of those 'diggers' would be that you will only be digging from one side and could tear the roots of the opposing side. It would be best to root prune first by digging around the base of each hawthorne to sever the roots first. The rootball can be extremely heavy and if the tree tilts or shifts while in the bucket you risk damaging the bark or crown. They will need to be wrapped with such a process. If the trees are large enough, you may need a tree spade.
http://www.fotitree.com/Transplanting.htm
http://www.hoerrnursery.com/TheCompany/TreeSpade.cfm

Even though the trees have been trimmed into a hedge, the roots will grow far beyond the canopy of the tree. When you plant, be sure not to bury the rootflare. Take a look here for some helpful sites.
http://www.utextension.utk.edu/publications/spfiles/sp571.pdf
http://www.albertarose.org/women/gardening/ball_and_burlap.htm
http://www.ext.nodak.edu/extpubs/plantsci/trees/f1147w.htm
http://www.tree-planting.com/tree-planting-8.htm
http://www.mdvaden.com/advice-landscape.shtml#wateringsuggestions
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/MG089
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/WO017
http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/Garden/02926.html
http://www.tlcfortrees.info/planting%20depth.htm
http://www.treesaregood.com/treecare/mulching.asp

Good luck with the move.
Newt




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