Looking at the Iowa state nursery site they only have 4”-10” cedars left anywhere else to buy bigger ones?
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Idk how many you are looking for but I've moved hundreds if not thousands of 12-36" trees by hand. They are everywhere. Find a pasture with thousands and ask. It actually goes pretty fast. They seem to grow much faster than starting from bare root too.
I go the width of a spade shovel on 4 sides and as deep as the shovel head. They pop right out. Root ball the size of a volleyball or basketball. Dig same size hole at transplant location. Jump on rootball to set it in.I have done this with a few. What time of year works best for you?
When you remove the cedars from the ground, do you cut roots to a certain size or try to maintain their length?
What planting method has worked best for you when replanting?
Thanks for any input you have with this. I planted some six inch plugs from Van Pines about 8 years ago and have done absolutely nothing to help them at all. They are now approaching six feet tall and about three feet wide. I agree that transplants would be a better option, if you have a property that you can get trees from near you.
I have found that those little trees have a higher survival rate, plus a year or two from now, you won't be able to tell a side by side difference of the smaller vs. the larger saplings. Easier to plant too.Looking at the Iowa state nursery site they only have 4”-10” cedars left anywhere else to buy bigger ones?
If not managed.... 100% agree. However, it is the one evergreen that I have found that deer pretty much leave alone. If I planted any pine tree..... destroyed.Maybe think of another shrub or pine tree. Red cedar is a dirty word in the Loess hills. Can become very evasive.FYI.