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Transplanting: Move existing plants easily

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1. Decide where you want to move the plant and make sure that the location is compatible with the plant’s sun, soil and space needs.

2. Using a drain/transplanting spade or round point shovel, dig the new hole twice as wide and a similar depth as the plant’s root system.

3. To remove the existing plant, start digging around the plant with the drain/transplanting spade a foot or more from the base and create a trench. This will allow enough room to keep the majority of the main root system intact.

4. Once you have dug around the width of the plant, you should be able to loosen the soil enough to dig under the plant using the extra length of a drain/transplanting spade.

5. Remove the plant with roots and place on a tarp for easy transportation. Plants should be replanted as soon as possible. In the meantime, cover the roots with damp burlap to retain moisture.

6. Set the plant into the new hole so that it sits level to the ground as it did before.

7. Fill in the around the plant with the previously removed soil, watering as you go, to encourage the soil to settle down into the hole.

8. Once the plant is set in place, surround it with mulch. Keep a few inches around the base of the plant free of mulch.

9. Be sure to keep the soil moist by watering often, particularly immediately after the plant has been moved.

Insider Tip: A Drain/Transplanting Spade has extra length that is perfect for replanting shrubs and trees