How To Replant a Shrub

Replanting shrubbery not only utilizes your existing plants, but it saves you from having to spend money on any new plants as well. So here are a few tips to help you successfully replant your shrubs.

Step 1

Prepare in advance. The key to successfully replanting shrubs is minimizing the out-of-ground time the plant experiences. Before you dig up the shrub, know where you are going to replant it. It may be an obvious statement, but if a plant is thriving in a sunny area, don't move it to a shady place. Try to replant the shrub in an area that fits its needs.

Also you must know how you are going to move the shrub. Certain plants are actually quite a bit heavier than they may appear. Stop this from becoming a problem by having a lawn tractor, wheelbarrow, or at least a few extra hands available for use. In addition, you should dig the new hole before removing the existing shrub.

Step 2

Dig up the shrub. When removing the shrub, you want to keep the plant as intact as possible. Try to avoid cutting any roots, but if you absolutely have to hit the root system, just don't take off any of the major roots.

Any type of root pruning should be done well in advance to ensure the continued health of the plant. If you are planning on replanting the shrub in the spring, cut back the roots after the leaves fall in autumn. If you want to replant in the fall, prune the shrub's roots before the leaves arrive during the spring. This gives the plant time to recuperate from the cut-backs, yet it still allows you to achieve the desired root size.

Step 3

Replant the shrub. Aside from the obvious action of digging a hole big enough to fit the root system, you will also want to bring in some new dirt. Soil from the ground is often too compacted, rocky, or full of clay, so you should consider getting some healthier dirt. In addition, a little bit of fertilizer can be mixed in with the soil to give the shrub an extra boost.

The actual action of replanting must be done either in springtime or during fall. These two seasons are best for replanting because of their temperate nature. Harsh summer sunlight and cold winter weather provide challenges that are often just too much for a plant to overcome.

Step 4

Water the shrub. A newly replanted shrub must be heavily watered for a few days after being moved. This keeps the roots from drying out and removes any air pockets from the soil around the plant. So don't be afraid to hit it with a little more water than you would usually give to a plant, and just stop when the water starts pooling around the shrub.

Hopefully these steps will help you successfully replant your shrubbery and give you and the plants many more years to enjoy!


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Hi, these are timely tips... is it better to do this when the soil is wet...just after a heavy rain?

By Mary Norton

should a fertilizer be used?

By James Goetz