How to Move Established Shrubs
Moving established shrubs is usually accomplished fairly easily in the cool weather of fall. If you are unsure about whether a particular plant will be easy to move or have questions about the process consult one of Sky Nursery's professional staff.
Water the plant thoroughly 1 to 2 days prior to moving it.
Dig a trench around the plant just outside the drip line (where the edge of the foliage is) of the plant. Use pruners, loppers, or a saw to cleanly cut any roots you find.
Dig out the rest of the root ball.
Wrap the root ball in burlap (common box nails work well to hold the burlap in place) if you are going to hold it for a period of time or are giving it away. If you are relocating it in your own space, simply roll the plant onto a tarp or wheelbarrow and take it to its new home.
Inspect the roots and prune out any broken or circling roots. Replant in its new location. Use a good transplant fertilizer like Dr Earth Starter and/or Lilly Miller Vita Start. Water the plant in thoroughly. Continue to monitor the plant the first season as you would any new plant.
Skylights Autumn 2007, Vol 22, No. 3
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