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By Whippet

Wiltshire, United Kingdom Gb

Hello, I am new...and a quick question.
I have just bought a box hedge from somebody and need to move it from their garden to ours. I will be doing this in the next week or so. There are about 30 plants, each approximately 40cm high. Can you please tell me the best course of action to make the move as sucessful as possible. Thanks in advance.



prepare your garden where they are to go in advance of moving them. Make sure the soil is well dug with any additional feed you want to use, fish/blood and bonemeal, compost etc. Lift the plants with as much soil around the roots as possible and plant asap. water well for several weeks especially if its not been raining.

welcome to goy too.

10 Sep, 2011


Thanks. The bed is a new one and I have already dug in some compost. Would you recommend putting something else in the hole for each plant? If so what would be best?

10 Sep, 2011


I usually use fish blood and bone as it is slow release, a light sprinkle of it will be fine.

10 Sep, 2011



10 Sep, 2011


I agree. A sprinkling of blood fish and bone in each planting hole and then very regular watering for some time to come.

10 Sep, 2011


I'd water the plants well before you try to dig them up as well. A good soaking the day before will help you get them out with as little damage as possible to the roots. Do you think the present owners would let you go round and use their hose (or watering cans/buckets if that's all they've got) and water if we don't have plenty of rain?

And I agree with SBG - take as much root ball as you can. I'd wrap the roots in wet newspaper and bin bags as soon as they're out of the ground and unwrap each one as you put it in.

Re aftercare, water is MUCH more important than fertilizer for the first year or two.

10 Sep, 2011


Yes agree with Beatie, definately give them a good soaking the day before, and plant in your prepared position, to reasure you, you should have no problem in getting them established, normally they transplant very easily, keep them watered but dont over do it.

11 Sep, 2011


Thanks everyone. I will speak to the current owners about watering before I collect.

11 Sep, 2011

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