I feel the same about fall being a less than ideal time to collect. Its just that it gets confusing when i hear of fall being the ideal transplant time. Repotting and collecting, to me, are different forms of transplanting. I feel most comfortable collecting between February 15th - march 15th where i live. I almost never have failures at those times IF i have good rootage(barerooted or rootball preserved) i have made REGRETABLE mistakes by not paying attention to a one side rooted tree where as i trench around, i sever the only lifeline due to it having just one root along the rocky soil. Gotta pay attention to that.lol collecting season cannot come soon enough!
thank you for the kind words on my elm. Of a collection of 40+, 3 are non native( boxwood, dwarf alberta spruce, and amur maple.) The rest are the lovely natives of ohio!