Tips for Transplanting a Boxwood

Boxwood is an ornamental shrub used for edgings and hedges. Boxwood comes in a variety of cultivars and its numerous shapes and sizes make it suitable for any landscape. Boxwood hedges provide an evergreen edging for privacy and can be trimmed and shaped easily to get the shapes you want. Follow these tips if you want to transplant boxwood in your garden.

Prepare the Soil

The best months for transplanting boxwood are October and November. It is essential to water the plant a day before digging it up so that it is loosened a little bit and the job becomes easier. The water should seep 8 inches inside the soil. This will help to avoid any transplanting shocks and prevent the root ball from breaking or falling away from the roots.

Start the Transplantation

After watering the plant properly, begin with the transplantation process. You should start the work from the bottom of the boxwood shrub. Wrap up the shrub with a twine or cord around the plant’s edges, creating a corkscrew stripe pattern on a barbershop pole. Pull the cord or twine from the top to make it tight and tie a knot. This will compress and lift the branches, making the boxwood shrub easy to dig and move.

Dig the Trench

Start digging the boxwood shrub using a sharp spade and dig out a trench 8 to 10 inches deep and 4 to 6 inches wide around the entire boxwood plant. See to it that the trench is not closer than 6 to 8 inches from the stem, depending on the size of the plant. Dig below the root ball until you find its connection to the soil.

Take Out the Root Ball

Lay your hands on the foot of the trunk and lift the root ball carefully from the ground. You may need to get some help if it is too heavy to lift alone. Pull the plastic sheet or the tarp across the lawn to place it on the required location. Once, they are positioned, place the root ball gently on it. Use a wheelbarrow if you are unable to slide it. Be careful and do not break the root ball.

Dig a New Hole and Transplant the Root Ball

In order to transplant boxwood to its new location, dig a shallow hole as wide as the root ball. To estimate the required depth of the new hole, you can use a shovel handle. The boxwood plant doesn’t like standing water. Ensure that the top of the root ball is half-inch higher than the surface of the soil once the root ball is placed inside the hole. Fill the soil around the boxwood perfectly and water it properly. Spread an inch of mulch over the root ball and make sure that you do not pile up the mulch against the trunk.