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1) When is the best time of the year to do this?
2) How far apart should the trees and rows be?
3) How big would I expect the root ball to be on one that is roughly six feet tall?
4) Any additional hints and/or tips on doing this would be greatly appreciated.
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- 1. The best time of the year to transplant cedar trees is late fall or early spring when they are dormant.
2. As far as spacing, I would space them at least 6-10 feet apart in the rows with your rows about 10-18 feet apart. If you dig smaller trees, you could space them closer together and then if need be remove every other one before they grow together as the mature.
3. The size of the root ball should be about 12" for every 1" of trunk diameter. A 6' tree is not really a "small" tree and will have quite a big root ball. You might have better transplant success if you aim for some smaller trees about 2'-3' tall.
4. Here are some tips on preparing the planting hole and digging the trees: http://www.inthegardenradio.com/v.php?pg=688. Be sure to prepare the planting holes before digging the trees.