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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 6:39 pm    Post subject: Should trees be moved? Reply with quote

Friend of mine had a tree that died. When he dug the tree out he found it water logged, no drainage below about a foot. Thing is he has planted smaller trees which are doing fine but he wonders if they will eventually grow into the water.Or do the roots grow outward. He also has smaller plans doing ok as they would not have to be planted that deep

Should the trees be moved, one is a eucalyptus, can that be moved?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Roots of trees grow outwards rather than down often spreading as wide or wider than the tree canopy, Could the wet summer be the problem or has he a drainage problem
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Greengage wrote:
Roots of trees grow outwards rather than down often spreading as wide or wider than the tree canopy, Could the wet summer be the problem or has he a drainage problem
he has a drainage problem but the trees doing Ok can be left?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well if they are doing ok whats the problem, What type are they, are they standing in water if so the will eventually die therefore they drainage should be improved or move the trees to a different location bset done from end of October beginning of march if they are not to long established. Thats the short answer, longer version available on request and when I have more time, cheers.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 5:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would imagine Eucalyptus likes dry and would eventually suffer.

You can move the tree when it's dormant, at a frost free time, late Autumn to early Spring.

Alder trees like to grow with wet feet, if he's looking for replacements in the waterlogged position.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 8:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

alder likes waterlogging, but flowing rather than stagnant water, iirc.

what's the site like around your friend's place? is it waterlogged due to being low lying, the local soil being heavy clay, or possibly due to compaction?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

medieval knievel wrote:
alder likes waterlogging, but flowing rather than stagnant water, iirc.

what's the site like around your friend's place? is it waterlogged due to being low lying, the local soil being heavy clay, or possibly due to compaction?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would predict root rot on the new trees once the autumn/winter rains cause the water level to rise.
This is probably what happened to the last batch.
I'd move them and look at sorting out the compaction.
One option is to plant them on a mound if waterlodging is a problem.

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