A: We suggest you select smaller ones that appear to be healthy to give them the best chance to survive. Be sure to get as much of the root ball as possible. Tip: Use permanent marker to mark the north side of the tree and replant facing the same direction to prevent sun scald. Best time to transplant will be in the late fall and very early spring. No need to amend the soil
A: Sound like it coul be Shothole Borers. We'd suggest you get an arborist to take a look at it to see exactly how much infestation you have. Also, there is usually something else that has weakened the tree before they attack. Here's an extension link that should provide more information:
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