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Soil Over Roots

Step 1: Make a Circle

Mark out a circle around the outer edge of the roots using a spade. The roots of shrubs normally do not spread out farther than the extent of the stems before they were pruned.

Step 2: Dig a Trench

Dig a trench around the circle and use a fork to loosen the soil around the roots. With a spade, dig under the rootball so that it can be lifted out of the soil, cutting through woody roots if necessary.

Step 3: Make a Burlap Base

Tilt the plant to one side and feed a piece of burlap or a ground sheet under it. Then rock the shrub to the other side and pull the material through so that the plant is sitting on top of it.

Step 4: Move to New Location

Enlist the assistance of someone else to help you carry the shrub to its new location in the garden. This is especially important with a large, heavy rootball like this one.

Step 5: Double the Width

Dig a hole that is twice as wide and the same depth as the rootball at the new site. Carefully lower the shrub into the new hole.

Step 6: Soil Over Roots

Fill in with soil around the roots, ensuring that there are no air gaps. Firm the soil with your foot. Water well, and apply a mulch.

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