The digging operation consists of digging a trench around the plant and removing the soil. The trench should be dug far enough from the plant to preserve a large proportion of the fibrous roots and deep enough to extend below the level of the lateral roots (see tables). Feb 12, With a Spade Shovel or Transplanter, dig around the base off the plant at least 3 inches from the base of the stem - for larger plants start 6 to 10 inches from the bases, going slowly so that you don't damage the root zone.
Dig out further if you hit roots. Try to keep the root ball intact. For larger trees or shrubs, consider getting a tarp to lay the transplant on and. Jun 29, 1. Estimate the size of the shrub's root ball. 2. Mark hole outline onto ground in new location with line-marking spray paint. 3. Dig a hole twice as wide as the root ball, and as deep as the root ball is high. 4. Use stout string to truss up the shrub's branches. 5. Dig a trench all around the base of the shrub with a pointed shovel.
stumptrimmers.buzz: Roger Cook. Mar 23, Dig a new planting hole where you intend to move the shrub before you dig it up. When you do dig up the plant, sever the roots around it by driving a shovel all the way around it - 12" to 15" from the center of the shrub.
Then angle the shovel sharply to get to the roots directly beneath it, and begin cutting them as well.