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Re-Planting Conifers

Hi all, just need a bit of advice to see if i am going about this the right way...I have been asked to move 6 small conifers (about 5') which were planted quite recently and are still in their tree-like state (not grown into hedges, if that makes sense) and the trunks are no more than 3" in diameter. They are to be placed in a row to form a new hedge across a garden to help with privacy.My plan is to dig as far round the base as possible to get up as much of the root ball and roots as possible. Dig a trench at the new site so as i can move and twist and play about with where i want them. Add some feed to the ground ( I havent searched any products yet so if you know of any this would be a great help) then add some good quality compost, plant the trees and then fill in the gaps.Does this sound about right?NeilBishop Gardening Services

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  • Hi Neil

    That all sounds correct but here's what i would add.

    Instead of re planting try to use well rotted manure dug into the hole. This will not only act as a good source of feed it will help retain any moisture in the summer.

    I would also think about tie/stake the conifers

    Last but most importent water them well in, and keep them well watered all summer.

    Forgot to add is the new position ok for them not sure what variety of conifer they are but a lot are prone to wind burn.

    Hope this helps

    Martin
    • Sorry it was ment to say instead of re planting with compost :)

      martin said:
      Hi Neil That all sounds correct but here's what i would add.

      Instead of re planting try to use well rotted manure dug into the hole. This will not only act as a good source of feed it will help retain any moisture in the summer.

      I would also think about tie/stake the conifers

      Last but most importent water them well in, and keep them well watered all summer.

      Forgot to add is the new position ok for them not sure what variety of conifer they are but a lot are prone to wind burn.

      Hope this helps

      Martin
  • Thanks for the tips Martin, great advice! Im going out today to pick up some ties and nearer the time ill get the manure.

    Thanks again

    Neil

    martin said:
    Sorry it was ment to say instead of re planting with compost :)

    martin said:
    Hi Neil That all sounds correct but here's what i would add.

    Instead of re planting try to use well rotted manure dug into the hole. This will not only act as a good source of feed it will help retain any moisture in the summer.

    I would also think about tie/stake the conifers

    Last but most importent water them well in, and keep them well watered all summer.

    Forgot to add is the new position ok for them not sure what variety of conifer they are but a lot are prone to wind burn.

    Hope this helps

    Martin
  • agree with Martin as to using manure not compost, - but make sure the manure is mixed into the soil, - particularly if the original root balls are still intact. This is because, the roots will love the manure, and then when they come up against the soil (likely to be nowhere near as nice as the manure) they'll stop growing and it will just act like having a bigger size pot.

    Instead of feed, I would add rootgrow, which is a miccorhrizul fungi which helps the roots expand better so they can find water better.
  • I wouldn't add any soil improver to the new planting hole - compost or manure. The roots will be used to the local soil, and "improving" it will just encourage them to stay local rather than rooting out into the soil. Additionally, if the soil is heavy, the "improved" soil will act as a sump in wet weather, and there is a danger the roots will drown.

    I wouldn't add feed either - let the trees get used to their new environment gently; a burst of growth after they've suffered the trauma of transplanting wont do them any good. If they look hungry this time next year, feed them then.

    Just brief the garden owner to keep them watered in any dry spells - with the mantra " a weekly soak is better than a daily dribble" and leave it at that.
  • Cheers for all the advice guys!
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