How to Transplant a Weeping Cherry Tree

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If you're landscaping your yard, you can transplant a weeping cherry tree for spectacular spring blossoms. Yours may look just like the cherry trees in Washington, D.C. Hardy in USDA Zones 4 to 8, weeping cherry trees form a pendular canopy, not unlike a weeping willow. Their blooms are fragrant as well as beautiful and are a welcome addition to any landscape plan.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel Mulch
  • Choose the site for your tree. Make sure it will get at least 6 to 8 hours of sun a day. Weeping cherry trees can spread 20 to 40 feet wide so make sure there's room for the tree when it reaches maturity.

  • Dig a hole that is slightly wider the than the root ball of the tree. Make the hole one or two inches shallower than the depth of the root ball. Use the end of the shovel to loosen the soil on the walls of the hole. This will help the roots spread into the surrounding soil more easily.

  • Place the root ball into the center of the hole, turning the tree so its best side faces the direction you prefer. Gently loosen a few of the roots. Spread them out along the bottom of the hole.

  • Add soil back into the hole until it is half full. Firm the soil around the roots with your foot, but don't compress it.

  • Fill the hole with water and let drain.

  • Completely back fill the hole. Firm the surface of the soil with your foot, but don't compact it. Make a ridge of soil with your hands around the outside of the planting hole. This will form a depression around the trunk of the tree to catch much needed water for its roots.

  • Fill the depression with water and let it drain. Repeat.

  • Apply a 6 to 8 inch thick mulch of wood chips on top of the planting hole.

  • Water the equivalent of an inch of water per week for the first year after planting.

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