Question From: a. bugiel - Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Q: hi, how to re-plant Sullivan false cypress foliage. I have about 5 feet toll Sullivan false cypress foliage and I would like to move it to other location. Can you advise me how to dig it out, what precocious I need to consider. Thank you.
I would move it in early spring. Now is the time to root prune it by sinking a flat bladed shovel blade deep in the soil and outline where you will dig. Water a day or two before root pruning and keep the soil moist until moving the tree. Take as large a root ball and you can handle. To plant, dig a saucer-shaped planting hole just as deep as the shrub rootball is in height and slightly wider than its width. Place the shrub in the empty hole, making certain that the top of the rootball is slightly above ground level. Fill the hole with just plain soil to the level of the surrounding ground and water thoroughly to provide good soil-to-root contact. If you have heavy clay soil mix into the soil in the entire planting area organic material such as compost and composted pine bark sold as a soil conditioner. Mulch with 2 to 3 inches of pine bark. Keep the root ball well watered, especially in hot weather for an entire season. Do not fertilize for one year after planting. Make sure the new location is has the right requirements for your tree. Good Luck and Happy Yardening, Nancy