Moving a shrub in six simple steps
1 Make life easier for yourself by tying in loose branches before moving, so you are less likely to get one in the eye! 2 Carefully dig around the shrub, trying not to damage the roots. Lift it from the ground keeping as much soil attached as possible – watering beforehand helps. 3 Prevent roots drying out by wrapping them in a black plastic bin liner or dampened newspaper when you move the plant to its new spot.
4 Place the plant at the same depth as its rootball. Check the depth is right using a cane resting on the soil. Add or remove soil where necessary. 5 In-fill around the shrub using removed soil with added compost or well-rotted manure if soil is thin. Firm it in well. 6 Water the site well to settle the soil and drench the roots. Add a layer of well-rotted organic mulch to retain moisture and protect the roots.