The Q&A Archives: transplanted trees/bushes

Question: Can leland cypress an holly bushes be dug up and transplanted? If they can will it harm if some of the roots are cut while digging up?

Answer: You should be able to dig and transplant them in the spring or in the fall when the weather is cool. Try to keep the majority of the rootmass intact - feeder roots or small roots can be pruned with your shovel without harm, but don't take off anything larger than a half-inch in diameter. To lessen transplant shock, replant as quickly as possible and water them well. Be sure to deeply soak the soil once a week during the spring and summer months to make sure they re-establish their roots systems. Best wishes with the move!

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