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CAN I LIFT MY MAHONIA?

POPPY

By Poppy

STAFFORDSHIRE, United Kingdom Gb

I INHERITED THIS MAHONIA WITH MY HOUSE 8 YEARS AGO, IT WAS A POOR LOOKING THING OF ABOUT A FOOT HIGH SO I PRUNED IT & IT HAS THRIVED. MY PROBLEM IS THAT IT SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN PLANTED VERY SHALLOWLY & I CAN'T PLANT ANYTHING AROUND IT. WILL IT NOW BE OK TO LIFT IT, DIG & PREPARE A DEEPER HOLE FOR IT? IT'S LACKING NUTRIENTS I THINK BEING SO SHALLOW.


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I would say you'd be pushing your luck, as everything in my garden is burgeoning (good word?) and growing like mad, so really it's the wrong time of year - BUT you might have read that we moved a whole lot of shrubs and perennials at about this time last year when our garden room was built - into a temporary bed and then back into a new border. A Cistus (which I know do NOT like being moved) has positively thrived with this harsh treatment! So why not give it a go? Advice normally given is to dig a trench as far away as the branches reach, then lift the shrub with as much of the rootball intact as possible onto a tarpaulin or sacking and straight into its new hole with profuse water. I can see from its position that this may be difficult, so Good luck - hope it survives and is happy in its new home.

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