How to Transplant a Japanese Maple
A healthy, beautiful and expensive Japanese Maple is moved from a poor location too close to a house to a sunny spot protected from the wind.
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.
At this point you may need a little help. Place a tarp as close to the shrub as possible so that when you lift it out of the ground, you can transfer it to the tarp and drag it to the new planting site.
Water the transplanted shrub well, and don't let the soil dry out. Apply a 3"- to 4"-layer of mulch around the base of the shrub.
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