Transplanting Mature Conifers
After agonizing for a couple of years, I have decided that I need to move my pinus mugo 'Aureum' and picea pungens glauca 'Pendula' because of overcrowding. The problem is these are about 20 years old. Few questions:
1. What would be your estimate of survival probability (>20%?) assuming mother nature is kind this year?
2. What is your experience on relative survivability of spring or fall transplant for mature conifers?
3. Would a root pruning one year ahead be an absolute necessity?
4. Any other ideas or suggestions?
My concern is, if I do not attempt the transplant, I will lose them anyway or has to put up with a couple very sickly looking plants that have negative ornamental value in the garden.
Thanks for your help.