The Q&A Archives: Transplanting Shrubs

Question: How to go about transplanting box bushes & holly bushes?

Answer: I always start the night before the planned move by watering the shrubs well. I find that moist earth is easier to dig than dry earth. Expect the roots to be concentrated directly beneath the plant in the top 12-18" of soil and extending out at least as far as the longest branches. Start digging there, and down toward the center of the plant. Try to keep the major roots intact as you dig. It's okay to sever some of the smaller roots but the more of the root mass you can dig with the shrub, the less transplant shock the plant will suffer. When replanting, make sure it will be growing at the same soil level as it was in its original spot. Water well after replanting.

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