When you’re thinking of how to transplant shrubs, you might feel overwhelmed by the possibility that all of those beautiful perennials and succulents in your gardened areas won’t fare well in their new environment, even if it’s only a few feet away. Thankfully enough, there are skilled landscape maintenance companies who can do all the work for you; but if you do decide to wrap your green thumb (and all of those other digits) around the handle of a shovel for yourself, take the time to learn how to transplant shrubs properly so that your landscaping project doesn’t bite the dust.
Part of tree and shrub maintenance is knowing how to transplant shrubs and how to transplant bushes. You’ll need to know if it should be part of your spring yard work or done at another time of year, which plant types will handle the move well, and whether you might need to consider turf and shrub soil analysis before you start to transplant.
Talk to a local professional, and here are some of the steps they’ll likely give:
- Trim the plant down by about 1/3, which will give the shrub less structure to support as it reestablishes its roots.
- Remove the plant and dig far enough around its root structure that you cause as little damage as possible.
- Keep as much of the soil attached to the root structure as possible, because removing the soil will damage smaller feeder roots.
- Dig a new hole in the desired location and be sure to make the hole twice as big as the established root system.
- Add compost into the new hole, then add peat moss.
- Place the shrub or bush into the hole at a level no deeper than it was before you removed it from its original location.
- Fill the hole around the shrub with a mixture of compost, peat moss, and quality garden soil. Pack the filled hole well, but not too forcefully, as the pressure can damage roots.
- Water well and fertilize if possible.
Knowing how to transplant shrubs is important for any property owner who likes to get down and dirty; and if you do it right, you’ll have a landscape to be proud of that doesn’t leave you feeling stuck in one spot.
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