How to Transplant Plants & Shrubs

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Transplanting plants and shrubs is something that you do by digging a hole at least twice the size of the root ball. Transplant plants and shrubs with help from an experienced professional gardener in this free video clip.

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Hello, my name is Nicholas Staddon, I'm with Monrovia. Today we're gonna talk about how to transplant plants and shrubs. Depending on where you are in America, there are lots of different thing you can do to transplant your shrubs. I'm gonna show you four or five useful tips that you can use anywhere in the great United States. Today we have a juniper called blue arrow. We grasp the plant firmly down by the base and remove her, making sure you quickly put your hand underneath her. You've dug a hole at least twice the size of the root ball. Place her carefully in the hole. I always put a little extra mulch in the bottom of the hole. You've mixed your native soil fifty-fifty with organic mulch that you've purchased from your local garden center, or you've composted yourself, and then you start to back-fill into the hole. You can make sure the mulch is a little on the moist side, because it's gonna be easier to water the plant in. As you come to the end, what you do is you create a well for the water. I always use slow release fertilizer. These are polymer coated, they're heat and water sensitive, and following the directions we carefully sprinkle them around the base of the plant. Another handful of mulch, and we give her a good drink. Just those few basic tips will ensure your success with any tree plant or shrub.

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