How to Transplant Hedges

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Hedges are a common means of separating sections of a lawn or outlining properties. Many hedges are evergreens, but some are also flowering shrubs that die back in the winter and bloom again in the spring. The majority of hedges are hardy, fast-growing plants that can withstand the changing seasons and lots of pruning. Landscaping can be a big job, especially if you have an established hedge that needs to be moved. The best things to do are to prepare the new planting site ahead of time and recruit help to move the plants.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost or organic fertilizer
  • Water
  • Shovel
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Hand or motorized tiller
  • Pruning shears
  • Rake
  • Transplant hedges in late March, after the ground thaws but before the hedges "wake" from being dormant. Water the hedge deeply and daily for a week before transplanting.

  • Prepare a bed for the hedge rather than individual holes. Till an area the exact length and half again the width of the hedge. Dig the tiller blades into the soil and twist and lift a hand tiller. Push a motorized tiller slowly down the length of the bed.

  • Dig the bed into a trench about a foot and a half deep. Mix half of the dug soil with an equal amount of compost or organic fertilizer. Pile close to the hedge bed.

  • Move the hedge in three foot sections. Dig a trench a foot away from the base of the first section, both in front and back. Push the shovel into the trench and slide it under the roots of the hedge section.

  • Push down on the shovel handle until the hedge section pops loose. Snip the roots connected to the next section with pruning shears. Load the section onto the wheelbarrow and move it to the new site.

  • Put the hedge at the end of the hedge bed. Scoop soil around the roots of the section until they are covered. Press soil down lightly and water the hedge generously.

  • Repeat steps four through six until the whole hedge is transplanted. Water the hedge generously every day for the first year after transplant, excluding the winter season.

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