Whether working with front or backyard plants, you might
find yourself with an abundance of a certain kind that you want
Some plants do extremely well being moved and others will
die. Therefore, it is important to understand the right way of
transplanting plants so they will grow healthy and strong.
When it comes to transplanting plants, the best
time of year is during the spring, while the plants, trees, or
shrubs are still dormant. If the plant has already come out of
winter hibernation, trying to transplant them can work but it
puts a tremendous stress on the plants, which is why they will
usually die is moved too late in the year.
Front and Backyard
Remember, front and backyard plants will
become dormant during the fall when the weather goes through a
hard freeze. Perennials will stay dormant in the ground until
spring. You want to make sure the leaves are not open and out,
a sign that transplanting plants is too late. However, if there
are green and swollen buds that have not changes into actual
leaves, then transplanting is fine.
One of the most important tips associated with transplanting
plants if to make sure you have the new location prepared
before you dig the plants, shrubs, or trees up. The longer the
plants are out of the ground without being replanted the more
chance of them dying. Therefore, with the soil ready to receive
the new front or backyard plants, you then look at the roots to
make sure there are no air pockets. Instead, dig up the plants
to be moved so you actually take the roots with a ball of dirt
to move to the new hole.
With transplanting plants, a good rule to follow is that for
every one inch of stem caliper, you need about 12 inches of
root ball. While some people worry about cutting some of the
roots, it will not hurt. Just be sure the roots are not cut
shorter than the one inch of stem caliper to 12 inches of root
ball guideline. If you do this, you will rejuvenate the plant
with what is called pruning of the roots.
Once you have the front or backyard plants’ rots cut,
lateral roots will grow. These new roots are extremely fibrous,
which makes them capable of absorbing nutrients and water quite
well. Once the plant is in the ground in the new location, you
will find the new lateral roots actually product a much
healthier and stronger plant.
Now, if you want to consider rock plants for
transplanting, you may find that you have to move the rocks to
get enough or the root so the existing and cut plant to move is
not damaged. Sometimes, rock plants will wrap the root around
the rock or deep underneath so you will need to make sure you
can gain proper access to get enough of the root or consider
some other types of front or backyard plants to transplant.