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
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 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
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
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
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
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.