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Transplanting 4" Caliper Black Walnut Trees

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From: Frank A Caputo
DeRuyter, NY
We have large Black Walnut seedlings, up to 4" in diameter, at the base, located next to some farm buildings. Up to what point would you recommend not moving them, and just cut them down. Are the roots really deep? Machine picking is not possible.

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From: Jay Hayek
Extension Specialist, Forestry
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Hi Frank:

It's going to take a big spade to transplant a 4" caliper tree:

I would probably recommend cutting them down!

Best, Jay

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