Asked by: Muhammadou Keckeisenhome and garden landscaping
How do you dig up shrubs to transplant?
Last Updated: 11th June, 2020
- Give the plant a good trim.
- Remove the plant from its current location.
- The bigger the plant, the wider and deeper you will need to dig.
- While removing the plant, disturb as little as possible of the root system.
- DO NOT shake soil off the root system.
- Dig a hole in the new location.
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Also, can you dig up a bush and replant it?
Shrubs up to 3 feet tall and trees an inch or less in diameter (measured 6 inches above the soil level) can be moved without digging a solid root ball. These and most plants 3 to 4 years old may be moved as bare root transplants. Larger or older plants will need to be dug and transplanted with the root ball intact.
Similarly, when should I transplant shrubs? Timing. The optimum time to move established trees or shrubs depends on their type; Deciduous plants: Move at any time during the dormant season from late October to mid-March. Evergreens plants: Best moved during October or late March when the soil is beginning to warm up.
Also question is, how do you move a shrub without killing it?
How to Move Your Garden Without Killing Your Plants
- If you are able, choose the season you move.
- Mark where everything is going to go first.
- Pot, bucket or burlap: get the transportation ready.
- Use a special watering schedule for soon to be in-transit plants.
- Trim excess stems.
- Dig up using the drip line.
- Re-plant (the right way).
- Reduce stress on the plants.
How do you dig up plants?
With a Spade Shovel or Transplanter, dig around the base off the plant at least 3 inches from the base of the stem - for larger plants start 6 to 10 inches from the bases, going slowly so that you don't damage the root zone. Dig out further if you hit roots. Try to keep the root ball intact.