Transplanting a Ginkgo
Hi Im Adam and Id like to share my success with transplanting my 25' tall ginko. Last November 2005 after leave fall I dug up the tree with a power washer for the most part completely washing the roots of any soil but always kept them wet. The amount of root was very small considering its perfect woodland soil, perhaps 3 square foot with a few 7 foot runs which were damaged in the process. The day was late and I trailored the tree 5 miles to my house and had no time to plant it so I kept it under a fine mist sprinkler all night. First thing in the morning I planted it in fairly clay ridden soil with a gallon of root food. Then the unlikely heat wave came and the tree quickly put out 5,000 green buds. I thought for sure this was a bad sign as 30 days later NJ winter was in place. The buds sealed the winter was mild and finally mid-spring the tree put out leaves like nothing ever happened and is currently doing perfect. As a guide I think the power washer is perfect for this task if care is taken not to apply the stream to close to the roots. I basically washed away the top soil then parted the mud right along the tree to insert the wand then prodded the wand up and down and around undermining the root ball. I believe if I had to do it again I could get the job done in an hour with zero root damage. I also think a hose attachment would suffice if you used a wet shop vac to remove the mud simultaneously. PS the birds seem to love this tree.
Topic by Adam, NJ