Can I safely transplant a 7ft oak sapling?

8 years ago

I have a 7ft sapling which is not the tree I thought it was - it is not a Pin Oak.

Without commercial equipment is it possible to transplant this tree - as I understand it I would have to cut the tap-root - in other words will I be able to capture enough root to ensure survival?

My thought was that before transplanting in the fall that I would right now cut a circle around the root say 6 inches from the trunk (for the future root ball) and leave the tree in position until then. Is a 12 inch x 18 inch deep root ball enough?

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