Transplant a fig tree by preparing the tree, pruning the branches, digging out the root ball, wrapping the tree and placing it in the new location. You need a shovel, a tarp, burlap, pruning shears and water.
- Prepare the tree
Water the tree well for a few days before transplanting it.
- Prune the branches
Cut back the branches, and reduce the tree by one-third. This minimizes the risk of the roots going into shock during the process, because they have a smaller tree to support.
- Dig out the root ball
Dig a channel in the ground around the tree to form the root ball. Gently work the roots loose. Keep the roots wet while working.
- Wrap the tree
Wrap the roots in burlap to keep them from drying out. Wrap the rest of the tree in a tarp.
- Prepare the new site
Dig a new hole for the tree that is twice as wide as the root ball. Moisten the soil.
- Plant the tree
Place the root ball of the tree in the hole, and fill in the extra space with soil.
- Water the tree
Water the tree thoroughly upon transplantation. Add a thick layer of mulch to keep the soil and roots moist.