Want to move an older tree - need advise
My father died a few weeks ago and before we sell his house I want to move his Japanese Maple to my yard. It is the short weeping kind and has been in the ground for a long time. The trunk is about 8 inches in diameter. I need advise. The last thing that I want to do is kill it, as this tree really meant a lot to him and I would be devastated if I lost it.
I was told that it might help to dig down to cut the roots now, so that it would establish new feeder roots before I pull it out. What do you think?
This tree is about 3.5 - 4 feet from a sidewalk. Do you think this will be a problem? How much of the root ball should I take? The drip line is about 5 feet in diameter.
Any advice is really appreciated. I don't care what it costs to move it (within reason) because it is priceless to me, so if you think I need to call in professionals let me know.