Transplant a Juniper Plant in 5 Steps

What You'll Need
Peat moss

The juniper plant grows in many locations across the world. Juniper plants are evergreen shrubs commonly used as hedges or as single plants to finish off the look of a landscape. They come in many different shapes and sizes. If you transplant a juniper plant, it will add texture to your garden without requiring much maintenance.  

Step 1 - Choose a Location

Find a good spot for the juniper plant. Although this plant does well in strong sun, it can survive in partial shade. Make sure you locate a spot with well-drained soil.  

Step 2 - Dig a Hole

Dig a hole that measures about two times as wide and deep as the root ball of the plant. If you're transplanting a shrub from a nursery, it may be wrapped in burlap. Sometimes the plants come in plastic pots. Either way, place the plants into the hole to ensure it is the right size before planting.  

Step 3 - Mix the Soil

Inside the hole, mix peat moss and topsoil with the dirt. Peat moss is important because it makes it easier for the soil to drain and breaks up pieces of tough clay soil so that water retention is also possible. Cover the sides and bottom of the hole with topsoil and peat moss.  

Step 4 - Plant

If your shrubs came in burlap, remove the material from the root ball. If it came in a plastic pot, remove it from the pot. Be very careful not to cause damage to the roots while doing so.  

Place the plant on the ground and, using your fingers, loosen the soil of the root ball. Loosening the soil helps the roots grow outward when planted in the ground. If you don't want to use your fingers, loosen the soil around the root ball using water from a hose. Just make sure you leave enough room between the sprayer of the hose and the roots so you don't cause damage.  

Put the plant in the hole so that the root ball is level with the ground. Fill the hole in with the peat moss and topsoil mixture. Press the soil down to get rid of any air pockets that may have formed. Keep adding the soil mixture until you have a small mound at the base of the plant. Use your foot to press the dirt down firmly at the base.  

Step 5 - Water

Once you have planted the juniper shrub, water it thoroughly. Apply most of the water at the base of the plant so that it reaches the root ball. Although junipers don't require a lot of water, a newly planted juniper does require frequent watering if you don't receive much rainfall.