If you take the needed precautions across the process, you can maximize your satisfaction and lower the stress on the plant, whether you are transplanting shrubs out of personal preference or necessity.

However, before you start, you’ve got to ensure you know the do’s and don’ts of shrub planting if you’re planting shrubs as part of your landscaping project. If you don’t know these things, it’s best to leave the job to a professional Landscaper service provider.

Today, we are going to share with you the steps on how to properly and effectively transplant shrubs to guarantee they thrive.

Pick a New Area

You’ve got to make sure that the new area will meet the shrub’s needs. It should offer enough space to grow, the best soil conditions, and enough sunlight.

Measure the Root Ball

If you do a couple of experimental digging around the shrub’s perimeter, you can calculate the approximate size of the root ball. Make sure you start digging at the outermost tips of the branches.

Digging a New Hole

When you’re digging the new hole, ensure that the diameter is twice as big as the root ball of the shrub. The depth should be equal as well. You have to do this before you dig up the shrub completely.

Extract the Shrub

Prepare the burlap and lay it down next to the plant. Dig around the shrub’s perimeter and remember where the roots’ bulk reside. As much as possible, you should try to aim to keep as much of the root ball intact. You’ll probably need help as you try to free the plant’s base from the soil underneath. This depends on how big the size of the shrub is.

Move the Shrub

Tile the shrub carefully onto the damp burlap and wrap gently the roots. Make sure you are careful in this process. Slide or carry it over to the new area using a wheelbarrow or your hand alone. If the shrub is really heavy, you can also use a dolly. In addition to that, you might choose to carry the shrub by the root ball with the help of a friend or a family member.


Put the shrub in the hole’s center with the burlap intact. You have to hold it upright and make sure that the height is the same as that of the previous area. Put back the soil that was dug, firmly compact it, and water it well. You should not get rid of the burlap. In fact, you should leave it there with the plant since it holds the roots of the shrub.

Pamper the Plant

For the next 2-4 weeks, make sure you water the plant often. You have to maintain it. To help keep the temperature of the soil even and lower water loss, you can apply mulch.

If you move your shrub from one place to another, it can offer your landscaping a new look. It might even create an area for a new water feature, deck, or patio.