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Did this happen to you at one point? Your eyes landed on the trees or shrubs in your garden, and you wanted to relocate them to change your landscape. While ​​tree and shrub transplanting is essential in landscaping, it can also create a beautiful, natural, and diverse look!

Moving your trees or shrubs can be a great way to make room for new plants and create more space for more garden features. Here are some tips to consider before carrying out the task:

What kind of tree or shrubs are you moving? Some trees and shrubs will be easier to move than others—some foliage grow straight up from their root system, while others grow from their branches.

Think about the location. Plan where you want the trees and shrubs to be relocated in your yard. If you want them to be relatively close together, choose hardy species for your climate zone. If you want them to grow far apart, select species that are more drought-tolerant or require less water than others.

Check the roots. Before you do anything, be sure to check the plants' root systems of your garden. If branches or roots are sticking out of the ground, use a shovel to gently dig around them until they are flush with the soil -- this will ensure no damage to the plant's roots when it is moved.

The best season to transplant trees and shrubs is when they are dormant in the winter. This will ensure that the plant has had time to prepare for its new home and that the move doesn't stress it out.

Drainage and soil condition. When transplanting trees or shrubs in your yard, you should choose a site with good drainage and adequate soil moisture. It can help keep your plants healthy during their transition period while helping prevent transplant shock.

Avoid root damage during the transplant process by placing your tree/shrub in a hole of at least 1 foot deep. Make sure to water it regularly before you put it in the ground, it will need a lot of moisture. You may also consider using a soil-based mulch around your tree or shrub before planting it into the ground -- this will help protect the roots from damage during this process.

Reuse soil. If possible, use soil from the area where you originally planted the tree or shrub rather than bringing in new soil from elsewhere (unless what you're bringing in is an exact match). It will help ensure that nutrients from nearby areas get absorbed into the root system of both plants in your garden.

Remember that transplanting isn't like planting. You can't just dig up your old plant and move it elsewhere. The process is different and a bit more complicated than the usual way of planting in your garden. If you are unsure and to better do the job properly, it's best to seek professional landscapers. Medford Landscape Design also offers shrub and tree installation and transplanting. Get a free consultation so you won't have to spare much time redesigning your landscape!

Medford Landscape Design is a highly regarded and respected full-service landscaping company on the North shore.

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