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Now is the timne to transplant trees and shrubs if you have not already
transplanted them.  Most shrubs and trees should be transplanted when the
demand for water is least, in late fall or winter. Since many roots will
inevitably be lost, they need many weeks to regenerate themselves before the
hot, dry blasts of summer arrive. If you are contemplating moving a plant
that would be happier in another spot, follow these steps to make the
relocation a success:

• The perfect time to transplant is on a cool November afternoon, a few days
after a good rainfall. Small-sized shrubs are easier to transplant than
large ones. You might need to
prune<http://www.walterreeves.com/glossary/prune/>away several
branches to make the plant small enough to handle easily.

• Even though transplanting is best done in fall, it can be done
successfully any time of year *as long as you get lots of roots, keep them
moist after being dug and put the plant in a well-prepared
bed<http://www.walterreeves.com/glossary/bed/>
*.

• Plunge a shovel straight down into the soil in a circle around the plant,
12″ from the trunk on all sides. You’re forming a rootball 24″ across as you
proceed, severing underground roots as you thrust the shovel.

• Just outside the slit you’ve made in the soil, begin digging a trench
completely around the rootball. The trench should be 8″ deep. When you have
finished digging the trench, place the point of your shovel at the bottom
and push it underneath the rootball. A flat spade or a long-tongued
plumber’s shovel is a real help for this task.

• When you have thrust underneath the shrub from all sides, get a friend to
tilt the plant to one side while you slide an old shower curtain or a
threadbare bedsheet underneath the rootball. With a bit of huffing and
puffing and root clipping, the cloth or plastic can be slid under the entire
plant. Wrap it tightly around the roots, to keep the soil in place, and go
inspect the new planting spot.
• Assuming the new site is fabulously well-dug and a perfect hole is waiting
for its occupant, carry or slide the shrub to its new home. Plant it at the
same level as it was growing before and water thoroughly. When springtime
comes, your shrub won’t have the faintest memory of being in its old spot!

For more Transplanting information, refer to www.walterreeves.com


-- 
Eddie McKie
Area Teacher
South Region Agricultural Education
ABAC 34  2802 Moore Highway
Tifton, GA  31793
229-386-3213
229-391-6838  (Fax)
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