How to Transplant a Tree or Large Shrub

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Transplant a tree or large shrub by first digging up all the roots and moving the tree to a spot where the soil is rich and water is plenty. Give a tree a second chance by moving it to a new spot where its roots can feed off the soil with ideas from a... View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi this is Yolanda Vanveen from vanveen and next we are going to learn all about how to transplant a tree or large shrub. Now I have this beautiful Daphne Adora. It has beautiful flowers in the Spring and it has been here for a year now and it doesn't like it at all it's on the corner of the bed and it's too hot. Another big issue is it has this root ball on the bottom where I dug it up from our last house that is just clay so it is like it is living in a rock it is not getting any water so what I want to do is dig up and I want to separate out the roots and get rid of that big dirt clod on the bottom of it and we are going to plant it out in the fields where it can have some loose dirt and maybe a little bit of shade for part of the day and I think it will do a little better out there so the first thing that I want to do when I'm digging it out is to go all the way around where the root is so give it at least a lot of, some room, so I'm just kind of digging all the way around and the thing is I want to kind of stimulate some growth on it too so I'm trying to break up that big clod of dirt on the bottom and I'm trying not to hurt my other plants in the bed either because I'm digging it out. But as you can see on this puppy now it is breaking apart but it is just all clay and it has been just mashing on the roots and the roots have not grown at all. Look at the roots it has not grown at all. Generally when I move things around I try to leave as many roots and as much dirt as I can with it but since this guy has pretty much no roots at all I'm just going to turn around and plant it just as it is. So I have brought my Daphne out to the field and I'm just going to plant it here because I think it is just going to do better. The soil is really earthy and it gets a lot more rain and I think that it will do better in the end, it won't be quite as hot so we will find what it does. When digging a hole I try to make the hole bigger and break it up a bit so that the roots do have something to grab on to. Since this is just some root and there is really not a lot of soil I'm just going to set it in there and I want to make sure that everything is covered so then I am just going to bring the dirt back. So I make sure that there is dirt all the way around it and step around it too just so pit pins itself in. Now a lot of people would have thrown this away and I even know my husband probably would have thrown this plant away because I killed it. In reality I bet you by next year it is going to be gorgeous and I just don't have it in my heart to kill a plant. So if a plant is not doing well or a shrub or a bush because it just seems too big for that area or it doesn't get enough water and you are not maintaining it move it any time of the year it is better than throwing it away and it always deserves a second chance.