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Jgemp
Feb 21, 2017 7:06 AM CST
What is best procedure for moving mature boxwoods to ensure they survive?
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Xeramtheum
Feb 21, 2017 7:53 AM CST
Hi Jgemp and welcome to NGA!

We could use a bit more information as to how big they are and where you are. A picture would be awesome.

That said, when I want to move a mature shrub this late in the season I'll take a shovel and cut a circle about a foot or so from the the base of the plant. You want to go at least a foot and a half deep if possible. I then let it sit like that for a week or so to see how the plant reacts to getting its roots cut. If after a week you don't see any signs of distress like wilting then go ahead and dig it up and move it. If you do see any signs of distress then leave it until it recovers - don't forget to water it .. once it recovers you can dig it up the rest of the way.
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