The Q&A Archives: transplanting a Viburnum

Question: This spring I planted a Shasta (doublefile)viburnum. Unfortunately, I did not choose a site big enough for its mature size. I would like to transplant it this fall, but don't want to kill it. It is healthy, and growing bigger by the minute...currently 4ft tall, and almost 4ft round. Any tips?

Answer: Gale,

The best time to dig up and move a shrub is in late October or November. By then the cooler weather will be shutting down the plant as winter approaches, reducing the immediate shock of transplanting in warmer weather. It also allows the maximum amount of time for the roots to establish in their new location, before the onset of hot weather the following spring.

Dig the shrub, trying to make sure and get as much of the root system as you can. Tilt the plant to one side and slide a tarp beneath the root ball. Then tilt it the other way and slide it onto the tarp. Use the tarp to drag it to its new location (this prevents lots of back strain). Plant it at the same depth it was growing before, and water it in well as you firm soil around the roots.

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