Here in Georgia Fall is one of the best times to plant or transplant most trees and shrubs. When you start to see the Pumpkin Spice drinks showing up everywhere and the weather finally starts to cool down you can start thinking about trees and shrubs. This is the time of year that allows the growing to slow and a tree or shrub goes dormant. Basically it means that the growth above ground stops or slows down depending on the type of plant or shrub. Waiting until this time of year also helps because most newly planted or transplanted shrubs and trees will do better when they can get established over the winter, or when the climate in Georgia (if Mother Nature is in a good mood) cools down. This allows the plant to focus its energy underground and the root development, not trying to soak up all the sun’s rays like people at the beach! One telltale sign that you can tell it’s time for dormancy is when you start seeing some trees change colors and shed their leaves, this is when the plant is trying to conserve moisture and energy until growing conditions return next spring. Planting trees and shrubs while they’re dormant also reduces the negative effects shock and stress to the plant when moving the root system. However, all trees experience some degree of shock after being transplanted, afterall, moving to a new home is never easy. You can help though by following some steps!
Find the Best Spot
When thinking of transplanting trees and shrubs there are many aspects to consider; locations depending on the size and species of the tree or shrub because they can all prefer different levels of shade and sun, as well as varying soil drainage conditions. The potential height and size of the tree and the location of home foundations, power lines and underground utilities all affect the transplanting location.
Prepare the Area
When thinking of transplanting trees and shrubs there are many aspects to consider; locations depend on the size and species of the tree or shrub because they can all prefer different levels of shade and sun not to mention the soil drainage conditions. You should always take into consideration he potential height and size of the tree with location of home foundations, power lines and underground utilities.
Make sure to get the correct hole size
Calculate the size of the root ball with width and depth. The width of the new whole should be twice that of the plant’s root ball. The depth of the whole is just as important, this should be approximately twice the size of the root ball as well, however, you may want to keep the depth a little shallower to keep water from puddling and rotting, especially here in Georgia where we have a lot of clay.
Water, water, water
Newly planted trees and shrubs need to be watered in thoroughly. Continued watering is crucial to the success of transplanted shrubs and trees. This will especially help with the root system that has been disrupted.
There are many places online you can search for help or call a professional company, hhhmmm wonder if we can think of one???, to help with the process. Either way, once you have your tree or shrub in its new home, you should be able to enjoy it for years to come.