Hello, new member here, just found this site today while looking for information on moving this tree. I have the possibility of acquiring a Red Lace Leaf Japanese Maple that stands appox. seven foot tall and has a spread of appox. nine foot. Because of its location in the owners front yard it would probably have to be hand dug so I'm looking for any information that would help in making a successful move. All my tree moving experience is twenty years old so I'm worried I might miss something. The trunk of the tree is about four to five inches in diameter about fourteen inches off the ground below that its much thicker. (possibly from grafting?) My thoughts so far are that the ball would have to be at least three and a half foot in diameter and probably two and a half tall and that I should wait for the leaves to fall, probably about three weeks form now. I'm also wondering how much should probably be pruned from the crown, and if I should do this before the move. I looked at the tree just once so far, but I'm planning on looking at it again to have a better idea of what I'll have to do. Any advice given will be greatly appreciated.