Q. We are in the process
of moving to a new home, possibly in late June. We want to take our
favorite roses and hydrangeas and some of our other plants and
flowers. We also have a small weeping cherry we want to take. Are we
going to harm them by moving them at this time of year? Any
suggestions? Please help. Thank you very much!
A. I don't blame you for wanting to take
your prized plants with you to your new home.
My advice to you would be to dig up as much as you can as soon as
possible before the really warm weather arrives. I would start with
the trees, shrubs, and roses first because the best time for
transplanting them is while they are still dormant. You are lucky
this year because of the late spring plants are leafing out later
than normal so you have some time if you act quickly.
The smaller plants like perennials could be dug up last, but try to
get to them as soon as you can, also. If you can't transplant them to
your new garden right away you could put them into pots temporarily.
For all of the plants you will be moving I recommend watering them
well a few days before you dig them up and you should also spray the
plants with antidesiccant
after watering. The antidesiccant
will lessen the transplant shock.
For the larger plants like the trees and shrubs you will need to
"ball and burlap" them. The way to do that is to slice into
the soil with a spade in a circle a couple of feet around the stem.
You are not trying to dig up the plant, but actually are going to
excavate soil away from the root ball. Dig soil away from outside of
the circle until you have the root ball totally exposed in the
"crater" you excavated.
Next, wrap the root ball in a large square of burlap. You will need
to pull the burlap underneath the root ball and gather it up at the
top of the root ball. To hold the burlap and root ball together, criss-cross
twine over the burlap and tie it together at the top of the root
ball. Now you will be able to remove the plant from the hole.
Make sure to keep the root balls of the plants moist until you
transplant them and water regularly throughout the season after you
get them planted in their new home.
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