While uprooting trees and shrubs may seem like an easy task, the task of transplanting plants while moving to San Antonio can be extremely difficult. Many transplants die once they are uprooted due to improper removal or installation. If you are bringing some plants from your previous home to your new home in San Antonio, polish up on your green thumb skills with some tips from the All My Sons Moving & Storage about transplanting plants like trees and shrubs while moving to San Antonio.
1. Prior to transplanting, you will need to determine whether the plant needs sun or shade, the spacing requirements, and watering needs. Make sure to determine the location wisely based upon these parameters, this is a key component to the success of transplanting plants.
2. Next, before you dig up the tree or shrub, you will need to dig a hole in the new location that you have selected. Once you dig up the plant, the longer the roots go without a home, the lower your chances for a successful transplant.
3. Once you reach the bottom of the hole, do not break up the soil beneath. This does not help the plant’s roots penetrate the soil, it can cause the tree or shrub to sink, inviting rot.
4. Once your hole is prepared you should then dig up the tree or shrub for transplanting. You should not dig directly next to the base of the mature tree or shrub rather, start digging about 3-5 feet out from the base to include the mass of the roots.
5. Now that you have the plant uprooted, you should place the plant in the newly prepared hole. Once inside the hole, begin to fill in the dirt and stamp out any air pockets while watering. Stamping out air pockets will prevent the shrub or tree from shifting.
6. Mound up the soil in a ring around the newly transplanted plant, forming a berm that will catch water like a basin. This will help you to achieve the main objective from here on out- keeping the plant’s roots well-watered until they can become established on their own.
7. Place mulch around the plant, approximately 3 inches out, to allow for aeration and prevent rodents from nibbling on the trunk of the newly transplanted plant.
8. The most important step to transplanting plants when moving to San Antonio is to water, water, water! Watering is as essential as anything to success in shrub and tree transplanting.