Moving bushes is a pretty harsh job. If you do it wrong, you’ll find yourself killing your gardening project rather than improving the state of the garden. However, if you follow these few simple rules, there’s no reason why you can’t move heavy objects without breaking them completely.
How to move a bush without killing it?
1) Be gentle to it
2) Prune it
3) Dig down
Be gentle with it
It’s best not to disturb the bush in any way, don’t even move it if you can avoid it. If you’re going to be digging around it, make sure that you are extremely careful when poking in the roots, in case you damage them.
If it’s in your way, then chances are that it is getting too big for its allotted space, so try to give it some more room by moving the soil around with your hands.
To avoid disturbing the bush when digging near it, you should dig out an area that’s the same size as the root ball, which is the “root mass” all wrapped up together.
When you’re moving it, make sure that your hands are clean so that there’s no dirt on them. If you do get some dirt on the brush, wipe it off with a damp cloth – this will be enough to clean it without damaging the plant.
When you actually have to move a bush, make sure that you keep as much of the root ball intact as possible. This means that when you dig around it, try to use larger soil particles. This will allow them to stay in place rather than breaking down into mud and washing out.
Cut the branches as close to the main body of the plant as possible, and try not to leave any stumps (the base of a cut branch) sticking out above ground level. If you do this, make sure that it’s buried at least half an inch below ground level so that predators can’t get to it and eat the plant.
When you’ve got some space beside the bush, dig a trench as deep as the root ball and make sure that it’s wide enough for some new soil to fit in. The width of this trench will depend on how much loose soil there is around the bush, but at least 2 feet should be enough.
Pack the soil that you take out from underneath it as tightly as possible, and make sure that it’s down to ground level before you replace it with new soil.
Save any old soil from around the roots so that you can use it in your garden, as this will help to replenish the nutrients which you’ve removed when digging.
When you have to replant the bush after moving it, make sure that you trim away any dead or damaged parts so that they don’t infect the rest of the plant. This is especially important if it’s a fruit tree, as you can spread fungal diseases from one part of it to another.
Prune the vines and branches as close to the root ball as you can, and make sure that they’re clean before leaving them to dry out. This will reduce the risk of infection from any plant disease which may have been transferred from the old bush.
How to move a bush without killing it? To sum up, when moving a bush, be gentle to it; try not to damage the roots; keep them as intact as possible, and pack the soil around it really tightly. If you follow these four simple rules, there’s no reason why you can’t successfully move any plant without killing it or causing unnecessary damage.