We have been given an established fig bush (approximately 10 years old) and wondered how big the roots will be - if we need to dig it up with a backhoe, or will it be better to hand dig it up?
Transplanting Fig Bush
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
The rule of thumb is that the root ball will extend a few feet beyond the canopy of the tree itself, so if the tree is quite large, you may need a backhoe to move it. If it does need a backhoe, I would recommend paying an arborist to help you move it. Older trees are more prone to transplant shock and will be more likely to die when moved.