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Planting, Transplanting and Pruning

Planting a plant involves many of the same rules as transplanting a plant.  In fact it is transplanting a plant, since planting only really applies to when you first put that tiny seed in the dirt and water it.    Transplanting the ocassional plant is necessary for those who are looking to arrange a new lawn or garden on their property.  Unfortunently it is a bit of a shock to your plant when it is suddenly uprooted from its home.  You will also find that its necessary to take good tender loving care of your transplanted plants and make sure that they are transplanted properly.

In general the best time to move a perennial is spring or late summer, a deciduous tree would be moved in November and Conifers move well in August or September.  Look for a calm but moist day on which to transplant.  However, there are always exceptions to the rule you’ll find many trees and plants that don’t move well during the general timeframes so you should always check to see what is the best suggested time to move a specific plant.

Remember when you transplant your plant that it will need lots of water for up to a year after transplanting, really get the ground around it soaking wet.  Since the roots will be cut back for the move you want to trim back some of the foliage in order to balance the aboveground part of the plant with the belowground part.  This top trimming eases pressure on the roots to gather enough nutrients for all that foliage.

Ensure that your plant is going to get enough nutrients by really cultivating the soil you will be packing around its roots.  Do try to keep manure from actually touching plant roots though as it can burn the tendrils.  Protect the plant during the winter months by placing a good layer of mulch or straw around its base.