pruning - Knowledgebase Question

Westminster, VT
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Question by cavaliers7
April 13, 2007
I recently moved and ther is a holly bush against the house. It is way too big. Can I trim it? I would like to cut it back and also remove a few of the base branches. I really would like to dig it up and move the whole thing without cutting it. Can this be done? Thanks

Answer from NGA
April 13, 2007
You can certainly move the holly if it has grown too big for its planting site. Expect the roots to be concentrated in the top 12-18" of soil and spread out a few feet beyond the longest branch. If you decide to trim it instead of moving it, you can safely remove one-third of the plant without doing too much harm to it. If it needs to be trimmed more than that, plan on reducing its size over a 2-3 year period rather than all at once. This way your holly won't be too stressed out and go into shock.

Best wishes with your project!

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