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Operation Transplantation

by User Not Found | Feb 09, 2012

Busy Week

Since the weather was good, I was out and about in my garden this week.  I have been busy transplating some shrubs from my Mother’s garden to my own as some things have out- grown their allotted space.

I was happy to receive nice mature plants as my garden is fairly new and lacks any height. My mum was delighted to see me busy! This is a good time of year to move evergreen plants as well as deciduous ones that lose their leaves in winter.

Best way to move plants

The best way to move plants is to size up the new space first and dig an appropriate hole large enough to accommodate the new plant.

  • Add a small shake of bone meal (slow release fertilizer) and mix with good compost in the bottom of the hole.
  • Next get a plastic or canvas sheet and put it beside the plant to be lifted. This will make moving the plant easier as you will have something solid to catch.
  • Dig around the plant using a sharp spade. If possible try to get a root ball as wide as the plant you are lifting and about a foot deep.
  • Get help to lift the plant out onto the sheet and slide or lift the sheet into a wheelbarrow. Slide the plant off the sheet when you are at the new site and backfill the hole.
  • Tread in the soil with the heel of your shoe to firm in the soil and stake the shrub if you think it will rock in the wind.
  •  Lash on a few buckets of water as this will settle the soil around the roots.


The next most important thing is to trim the plant to reduce the amount of foliage as a lot of leaves will need a lot of roots to supply water. I always reduce the branches by one third and have found I get a very good survival rate. Watering needs to be kept up for the first year especially if we get a dry spell. 

All the best for now,