replanting arborvitae - Knowledgebase Question

machesney park, Il
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Question by dardanhoff1
March 1, 2010
hello, i have about 6 dwarf arborvitae on the side of my house [right next to it] and i think i planted them to close to each other, they like nice but it would look better if there was some space. so i want to move 2 of them to my front yard but not sure on how to do that and when to do that? can you suggest zip code is 61115. thank you

Answer from NGA
March 1, 2010
You should be able to easily move your arborvitaes this spring when the soil isn't frozen. The roots will be concentrated in the top 12" of soil and probably extend out half again as wide as the top of the shrub. Start your digging there and work down, trying not to sever too many roots. The more intact the rootball is, the easier it will be for your arborvitaes to re-establish. I find digging easier in damp soil so water the area well prior to digging your shrubs. When replanting, put them in the ground so they are sitting at the same soil level as in their original homes. Best wishes with the move.

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