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Working with trees in containers has given me a knowledge base that allows me to assess trees in the landscape when the desire is to place the tree in a different location. Having moved several Japanese Maples without undue mishap, I am now advising clients on the viability of this option, and carrying out the desired transplanting as an extension of the landscape pruning service I provide. It is necessary to first “listen” to the condition of the tree and its health and resilience in order to provide the least stressful transplant possible. In some cases preparation includes pruning back and allowing the tree some time to rest and recover before digging it up and burlapping in order to maintain an intact rootball. Then the determination whether to place it in a container or in anew planting hole must be made. Easy— not!