How to Transplant a Shrub

If you decide that a shrub is in the wrong place, you can simply move it.

Step 1: Make a Circle

Transplanting a Shrub

Transplanting a Shrub

To transplant a shrub, mark out a circle around the outer edge of the roots using a spade. The roots of shrubs normally do not spread out farther than the extent of the stems before they were pruned.

©2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Mark out a circle around the outer edge of the roots using a spade. The roots of shrubs normally do not spread out farther than the extent of the stems before they were pruned.

Step 2: Dig a Trench

Dig a Trench

Dig a Trench

To transplant a shrub, dig a trench around the circle and use a fork to loosen the soil around the roots. With a spade, dig under the rootball so that it can be lifted out of the soil, cutting through woody roots if necessary.

©2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Dig a trench around the circle and use a fork to loosen the soil around the roots. With a spade, dig under the rootball so that it can be lifted out of the soil, cutting through woody roots if necessary.

Step 3: Make a Burlap Base

Burlap Base

Burlap Base

When transplanting a shrub, tilt the plant to one side and feed a piece of burlap or a ground sheet under it. Then rock the shrub to the other side and pull the material through so that the plant is sitting on top of it.

©2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Tilt the plant to one side and feed a piece of burlap or a ground sheet under it. Then rock the shrub to the other side and pull the material through so that the plant is sitting on top of it.

Step 4: Move to New Location

Helping Hand

Helping Hand

When transplanting a shrub, enlist the assistance of someone else to help you carry the shrub to its new location. This is especially important with a large, heavy rootball like this one.

©2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Enlist the assistance of someone else to help you carry the shrub to its new location in the garden. This is especially important with a large, heavy rootball like this one.

Step 5: Double the Width

Double the Width

Double the Width

When transplanting a shrub, dig a hole that is twice as wide and the same depth as the rootball at the new site. Carefully lower the shrub into the new hole.

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2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Dig a hole that is twice as wide and the same depth as the rootball at the new site. Carefully lower the shrub into the new hole.

Step 6: Soil Over Roots

Soil Over Roots

Soil Over Roots

When transplanting a shrub fill in with soil around the roots, ensuring that there are no air gaps. Firm the soil with your foot. Water well and apply mulch.

©2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Fill in with soil around the roots, ensuring that there are no air gaps. Firm the soil with your foot. Water well, and apply a mulch.