Can seedlings be kept in garage over winter?

My sister lives in the country where her and her husband built. She's getting a neighbor who's cutting down ALL the trees all his property because they're mis-shapen. Well, let her ask the question:
"So, when he wasn't around last week, I walked onto his property and dug up a number of very small maple and oak trees. Put them into soil in a big galvanized tub and put it in the garage. They continue to look very healthy although they are, of course, changing leaf color and loosing leaves too. Do you think I could hold them in the garage for the winter as outside, if not in soil for protection, they'd have a trouble with frost? Thought the garage temperature would allow them to go dormant yet protect them from frost. I'd water them every now and then to simulate snow melting for watering. I can't dig a hole big enough for the tub now as our soil is tough to dig in with all the stone and tree roots. Thought the garage idea was a good alternative. And, since they're free, worth the try."
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On 29 Oct 2003 20:24:49 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@aol.comic (TOM KAN PA) wrote:

However, yours were dug before they were dormant and so my suffer from transplant shock. It's best to dig them up after they go completely dormant.
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If they are that small and its getting frosty you should just be able to 'heel them in' overwinter and plant them up at your leisure.
Its best to move/plant decidiuos saplings when fully dormant anyway. The danger of protecting from frost is that you will promote premature tender growth which will then cause extra stress on the trees. You need to protect the roots from drying out. The best way is put them in the soil. The tops should be fine.
Strange neighbour removing trees due to the shape.. Who says a tree should be such and such a shape anyway.. It takes all sorts doesn't it!-) / Jim
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