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Transplanting Shrubs

Moving trees and shrubs can be tricky and heavy work.  Make the move in spring before growth begins or in fall as the plants go dormant for greatest success.

Loosely tie the branches of the shrubs to prevent damage and keep them out of your way.  Dig a trench around the shrub slightly larger and deeper than the desired rootball.

Undercut the rootball with the shovel.  A sharp spade, hand pruner or lopper will make the job easier especially for larger or tougher roots. 

Slide a piece of burlap or canvas under the rootball.  Ask a friend or neighbor for help with larger plants.  This is easier on your back and reduces the risk of dropping the shrub and damaging the rootball. 

Set the shrub in a hole wider, but the same depth of the rootball.  Carefully cut away or slide the tarp away from the shrub.  Then back fill the hole with the existing soil.

A bit more information: Increase transplanting success with proper post transplant care.  Water the plants thoroughly whenever the top few inches of soil are crumbly and moist.  Mulch the area around the plant with a 2 to 3 inch layer of shredded bark or woodchips.  Be sure to keep the mulch away from the base of the shrub and trunks of trees.

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