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Tips and Tricks for Transplanting the Trees and Shrubs in Your Backyard

Your yard’s landscaping matters for many reasons. One is the natural beauty it offers your home. Another reason, though, is that proper landscaping ensures healthy plants, trees, and shrubs. If you discover that your yard’s landscaping would be better if certain trees or shrubs were in different places, it doesn’t have to be just a wistful thought. It’s possible to safely move them without damage to the transplant or the yard. Use these tips and tricks for transplanting the trees and shrubs in your backyard.

Tips and Tricks for Transplanting the Trees and Shrubs in Your Backyard

Plan Ahead

The decision to transplant a tree or shrub, or several of them, shouldn’t be made quickly or lightly. Take your time in deciding where you want to move the tree or shrub. Do some research to ensure that it will thrive in the new home you’ve chosen for it. If it won’t, re-evaluate where else you might put it or if it really needs to be moved. Use this time to also determine the best time of year to move the tree or shrub so it has the best chance to recover and thrive.

Prune the Roots

Transplanting a tree or shrub is a big shock to the plant. One way to ease this shock is by doing some root pruning several months to a year in advance of moving it. Some will need to be pruned in the fall to be moved in the spring, while others will need to be pruned in the spring and moved in the fall. Following the appropriate steps to carefully prune the roots will give your tree or shrub the best chance of surviving the transplant and ultimately thriving in its new location.

Consult With an Expert

There’s plenty of information available online about the plants, trees, and shrubs that might be living in your backyard. But sometimes you can’t be entirely sure which kind of tree or shrub you have because it looks similar to another. Or you might read contradicting information and be confused about what your next steps should be. To ensure the best outcome, try consulting with a professional in tree care. These experts will be able to easily identify your trees and shrubs and tell you exactly what kind of care they need pre- and post-transplant. If you’re still uncertain, they may be able to take care of the transplanting process for you.

Transplant With Care

When it’s time to transplant, remember that using care is critical. Dig the hole in the new location before you uproot the tree or shrub. Soak the root ball so the soil will remain together as you dig up the tree or shrub. Carefully dig out the entire root ball and wrap it in natural burlap before gently placing it on a cart or in a wheelbarrow to carefully move it to its new location. Once it’s in place, make sure it’s at the same depth it was in its old home, that the root ball is still intact, and that you give it plenty of water for the first year.

Transplanting trees and shrubs is a big job, but it’s manageable. With proper planning and care, you can move your landscaping around and create the backyard you want.


Author Bio: Anita Ginsburg is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.

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