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...As long as we're moving trees...Red Oak

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Let me follow the threads on moving apple trees with my own thread on moving Red Oak. I need to replace an American Elm that we cut down this fall. I want to put in a Red Oak because it is relatively slow growing and retains it's leaves well into the fall/winter.

I want to go as big as I can, however, I've got a restriction of about 48" (diameter) on the hole that it can go in. Now I realize a root ball that big is a monster to deal with. For practical handling reasons I'm sure I'll need to go with a much smaller ball.

Anybody here have experience with moving or transplanting this tree? either from wild stock or nursery stock?

Appreciate any suggetions...or references on retail nurserymen who could advise.
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I'm curious. We have an oak tree that's about 7 or 8 ft tall and about 2 inches in diameter. I'd like to move it. Can anybody tell me how deep this taproot might be. The soil has lots of clay in it, so hand digging gets tiring real fast.
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