How Do You Transplant a Purple Fountain Beech Tree?

How Do You Transplant a Purple Fountain Beech Tree?

Transplant a purple fountain beech tree in late winter or early spring before the growing season. You will need a shovel, a pH kit to test the acidity of the soil, pruning shears and mulch.

  1. Choose a suitable location

    Purple fountain beech trees thrive best in a location with full sunlight and soil that drains well. Test the pH level of the soil in the old and new locations, and amend the new soil to match the old. Add ground rock sulfur to lower pH levels, or add limestone to raise them.

  2. Prepare the tree

    Water the tree thoroughly for a few days before moving it. This strengthens the roots so they aren't damaged when the tree is transplanted.

  3. Dig up the tree

    Dig in a wide area around the tree, searching for roots as you dig. Expand the hole as necessary, and gently loosen the roots from the soil. Cut any tough, overly-long roots with pruning shears. Lift the tree from its hole, and transport it to the new location.

  4. Plant the tree in the new hole

    Dig a new hole the same depth and twice as wide as the tree's root ball. Carefully spread out the roots. Fill the hole with soil, and pack it down firmly to prevent air holes. Water the tree thoroughly. To inhibit weed growth and retain moisture, put a 2 to 3 inch layer of mulch around the tree, keeping it several inches from the base of the trunk.