Horsechestnut replanting

Hi there, just to start Im not a gardener or even a budding one, but I do want to keep a horsechestnut tree that has grown in my back garden from a conker that I think some kid lobbed in my garden not too long ago!!
It has grown (without my knowledge until last week when planning a new garage) to about 4ft with about a 2 ft root. So I moved the tree to a new spot and to do this I banged a stake into the ground and then removed it creating a 2cm wide hole and then replanted the root into the hole.
Now from doing this I think Ive done 3 things wrong ; 1. the tree isnt dormant (I found this out from a google search!) 2. the root curled a little when I pushed it into the hole. 3. Im not sure if the soil around the hole fell back into it when I buried the root!
SO now, after 3 days, I have a particularly sad, droopy looking tree on my hands :(
Does anyone have any experience of this? Is my tree a gonner? Will it revive itself later in the year? Ive watered it twice and it gets alot of sunshine each day but should I give it more water? Should I dig it up and replant with compost??
Thanks for all your advice!
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Keep the ground around it moist, but not waterlogged, and maybe give it some shade during the heat of the day, until its roots re-establish themselves. Maybe a shot of root-tone, or some such.
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On Thu, 5 May 2011 22:48:37 +0000, Spence333

Should have been dug up with a root ball, not bare root... and not planted too deep. Do not stomp the soil down around the tree and do not over water lest you drown it (keep moist, not wet), tree roots need to breathe. I'd definitely not replant. All you can do now is wait.
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Sounds like you brutalized that tree good!
1. Banging a stake into the ground? What kind of way is that to dig a hole? Do you own a shovel? If not get one. Amongst other things banging a stake into the ground will compact the soil. You want loose soil around the roots.
2. How deep into the hole did you shove the tree. You must plant the tree at the same depth you found it. Where the roots and stem meet the plant grows in 2 different directions. That interface must be right at ground level.
Dig it out, dig a hole as wide as the roots when spread out. Mound the soil up under the bare root and spread the roots over the mound with the roots leading downward. Then cover the roots with soil. With a shovel, not a stake.
Now for the stake, put a stake in the ground near the tree and tie the tree to the stake to hold it up until the roots take over.
3 days may not have killed it.
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My first thought was to cross your fingers and hope for the best. Maybe throw a few more conkers in the ground nearby for good luck. < insurance > :-) I've got a little chestnut that suffered some lawnmower damage when just a wee thing - it seems pretty hardy .. ( but roots are a different thing - in your case) On mine - the old bark-scars have lasted through several years. Good luck. Don't lose any sleep over it. John T.
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