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When transplanting shrubs, you will need a trowel or shovel, slow-release fertilizer, loppers or a pruning saw, a piece of canvass or tarp, mulch and water. No matter now well-thought how the planning bed begins, eventually overzealous growth is bound to cause you to rethink that bed and that probably means moving a shrub or two.
Here’s how to make sure your plant survives the move. First, consider timing. Transplants do best when growth is dormant or slow. Advance planning is helpful. A small trench dug around the drip line 6 to 12 months before you move the bush will encourage fresh roots to grow around the perimeter making removal easier.
Before you remove the overgrown plant, first dig the hole that it will be moving into. Make sure the hole is deep and wide enough to handle the root ball. Then work some slow-release fertilizer into the hole and cover that with a thin layer of soil. Now it’s time to dig out the shrub you’re moving.
Dig around the plant at the drip line saving the soil removed on a tarp or piece of canvass. Work wide and deep preserving as many roots as possible. If you must sever a root, don’t tear it but cut it with loppers or a pruning saw. When you can rock the plant easily in the soil, it’s ready to be moved.
Lift the plant on to the cloth then move it to it’s new home. Make sure the plant sits level with the ground surface and fill any gaps with soil tamping as you go then mulch and water thoroughly. A little rearranging or your old plants can give a whole new look to your garden.
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