When Should You Transplant Trees & Shrubs? Now!

January 6, 2014 | By Roundtree Landscaping

Did you know that winter is the best time to transplant trees and shrubs? The winter months are when many plants go dormant or slow their growth. Right now is the best opportunity to move them with the least amount of damage to roots and before the onset of summer heat. 


Examples of when you should move a tree or shrub:

  • If you’ve planted a Japanese Maple in an area that receives too much sun.
  • If you’ve planted a tree in a space that it will soon outgrow.
  • If you want to save a shrub but want to make room for more perennials or seasonal color.
  • You’ve planted too many shrubs (roses, camellias, etc.) in one space and they need more room to grow.
  • You’ve changed your fence line or added construction to your home.
  • You’ve planted a tree that shades a plant that needs more sun.

If you are moving a large specimen that would require two people, we highly recommend hiring a professional. If you feel that you could safely move the plant yourself, here are our best tips:

  • First choose your space where you want to move your tree or shrub. Take space and light into consideration. If you chose to move the plant under a large tree, remember that if it has dropped its leaves for winter, they’ll soon grow back. This could affect the light requirements.
  • Second, dig the hole to be twice as wide and just as deep as the rootball of the plant you are moving.
  • Third, gently dig up your plant, trying to get as much of the root ball as possible. Start about 3 feet out and begin to dig, moving out slightly if necessary.
  • Lastly, lift the plant (get a second person if you need too!) and move it to the new hole. Backfill with the native soil and apply a root stimulator once a month for the next few months to reduce root shock as it establishes itself. Be sure to water your new transplant regularly.

Still have questions or need help transplanting existing shrubs or trees? Ask us on Facebook, Email us or give us a call at 214-824-7036


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