Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Moving Experience; If Your Permanent Plants Have Overgrown Their Allotted Space or Are Simply in the Wrong Place, Autumn Is a Good Time to Move Them. HANNAH STEPHENSON Offers Tips on How to Do It

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Moving Experience; If Your Permanent Plants Have Overgrown Their Allotted Space or Are Simply in the Wrong Place, Autumn Is a Good Time to Move Them. HANNAH STEPHENSON Offers Tips on How to Do It

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Byline: HANNAH STEPHENSON

RE your borders looking overgrown and overcrowded? AIf some of your stalwart shrubs and perennials have outgrown their space or simply aren't thriving in their current position, it may be time to move them.

The best time to transplant shrubs is while they are dormant, between late autumn and early spring. Choose a day when the ground isn't frozen or waterlogged.

There's always a risk when you move plants and the larger the plant, the more risk there is that you'll lose it. But there are ways to minimise that risk.

Small herbaceous perennials and compact shrubs are relatively easy to move if you water them thoroughly and then dig them up with as much root as possible, repositioning them somewhere where there's more room or where conditions are more favourable. Water them in well and keep them well-watered during the autumn in the absence of rainfall.

Mature shrubs are harder work to move, but it's best to do it after a bout of rain. Get a friend to help you if the shrub is extremely large.

Generally those that move most easily are the ones with fibrous roots - masses of thin roots which remain shallow in the soil. More problematic to move are those with tap roots, which are much thicker and there are fewer of them. It's difficult to move these without breaking the roots.

First, decide where you are going to replant any large shrubs. Dig a hole slightly bigger than the root ball of soil is going to be and add organic matter to the soil as well as slowrelease fertiliser.

For trauma-free transplanting of large shrubs, first make a wide circle at least 30cm from the shrub with a spade and dig a deep trench following the circle's curve. Use a garden fork to loosen the earth around the ball of the roots, then gently fork the surplus earth from around the roots.

If the stems or branches of the shrub are unwieldy, tie them loosely with garden string so they don't snap off or get damaged during the excavation. …

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