How to Replant Evergreens


Evergreens, as their name suggests, stay green year-round. They are used in many landscapes to keep some color during winter months when flowers die off and many trees lose their leaves. If you are planning on purchasing an evergreen to plant in your yard or are moving one from another location, there are certain times of year that are better than others for replanting.

Step 1

Wait until spring or summer when the soil is warm. Evergreens can go into shock if placed into earth that is cold. Never replant evergreens in the winter.

Step 2

Locate a place to replant the tree. Make sure that the soil is rich and well-draining.

Step 3

Dig a wide area around the evergreen to get as much of the root system as possible. Once the evergreen is dug up, move it to the new area and dig a hole for it that will fit the root system. Make the hole just as big as the roots and no deeper. Don't put the plant in the ground deeper than it was before.

Step 4

Place the evergreen in the hole and fill it in with dirt. Do not add compost or soil that has manure in it. This could affect the health of the plant. Pack the soil on top of the tree with your foot. Stake the plant if it is tall so that it doesn't tip over. Use twine to tie the tree to the stakes.

Step 5

Water thoroughly and cover with mulch. The mulch will trap moisture, keep the soil around the plant warmer and add nutrients to the soil.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Twine
  • Water
  • Mulch


  • Chest of Books: Transplanting Evergreens
  • University of Illinois Extension: Timely Tips for Your Garden
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