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First you must accept the possibility that regardless of how careful and well thought out your plans are, you may still fail.

If I had to do this, I would do it this way:

1. Prepare a hole twice as big as you think you're going to need at the tree's new location, preferably days before you'll move the tree. Why do this first? Because you'll be so tired digging up the tree, that you won't be in the mood to enlarge the new planting site when you find out you need more space for the roots than you thought you would.

2. Give the tree a severe pruning, and I mean severe. Reason: no matter how careful you are, you're going to damage/sever a great amount of feeder roots (those tiny, hairlike little suckers that collect most of the tree's moisture needs), and the less foliage the roots have to support when the tree is in shock, (because it will be) the better.

3. Water the tree heavily the day before the transplantation. Let those roots soak up as much reserve moisture as possible. This will also loosen the ground, making it easier to dig. (You did prune back before this step, didn't you?)

4. Dig up the tree, starting with a wide circle. If you find no roots, tighten the circle closer to the trunk, until you start seeing feeder roots. Now go deeper, then under the tree. . If the rootball is small enough, wrap it in a piece of canvas or gunny sack prior to moving it. Get help so you can move it without breaking it up.

5. Once at the new site, do not set it deeper into the ground than it was. Fill the soil back in if you dug a hole that's too deep. Water immediately, then fill the hole back up.

Lemon produces fruit on new wood, so the pruning should actually help in an abundant fruit production next year -- provided you did it right.

Good luck.

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