How to transplant fruit trees do they don't die!
My neighbor is moving and giving us her fruit trees for transplant. She is giving us 4 apple trees, 5 peach, 1 plum and 1 cherry. All are about 5 years old and I think are dwarf...and if not, they are still small, with the trunk no more than 2-3 inches wide and the trees about 4-6 feet tall. You can easily put two in a regular size wheelbarrow, if that paints a better picture.The soil in her yard (and ours) is pretty awful...lots of hard-packed clay. But her trees have survived well enough to produce some good fruit for her the past few years.
Any tips on how to transplant these guys so they make it? I read that the odds are pretty slim, especially transplanting in July. I will say that for us right now the weather is very mild, almost like spring. Also, the roots are so compacted in their clay dirt that it is hard to get the tree out without hacking away at the roots.
I am a beginner gardener and have never worked with fruit trees before. Thanks for any and all help!