Bulbs Flower Basics Flower Beds & Specialty Gardens Flower Garden Garden Furniture Garden Gnomes Garden Seeds Garden Sheds Garden Statues Garden Tools & Supplies Gardening Basics Green & Organic Groundcovers & Vines Growing Annuals Growing Basil Growing Beans Growing Berries Growing Blueberries Growing Cactus Growing Corn Growing Cotton Growing Edibles Growing Flowers Growing Garlic Growing Grapes Growing Grass Growing Herbs Growing Jasmine Growing Mint Growing Mushrooms Orchids Growing Peanuts Growing Perennials Growing Plants Growing Rosemary Growing Roses Growing Strawberries Growing Sunflowers Growing Thyme Growing Tomatoes Growing Tulips Growing Vegetables Herb Basics Herb Garden Indoor Growing Landscaping Basics Landscaping Patios Landscaping Plants Landscaping Shrubs Landscaping Trees Landscaping Walks & Pathways Lawn Basics Lawn Maintenance Lawn Mowers Lawn Ornaments Lawn Planting Lawn Tools Outdoor Growing Overall Landscape Planning Pests, Weeds & Problems Plant Basics Rock Garden Rose Garden Shrubs Soil Specialty Gardens Trees Vegetable Garden Yard Maintenance

How to Dig Up Old Azalea Bushes

How to Start Lemon Seeds Indoors - watch on youtube
How to Dig Up Old Azalea Bushes

How to Dig Up Old Azalea Bushes. From old azaleas that are diseased or no longer thrive, to mature azaleas you want to transplant to another area, knowing how to dig up old azalea bushes properly can simplify the task and leave transplant azaleas as stress-free as possible. While azaleas can be dug up no matter the age of the plant or the time of...

From old azaleas that are diseased or no longer thrive, to mature azaleas you want to transplant to another area, knowing how to dig up old azalea bushes properly can simplify the task and leave transplant azaleas as stress-free as possible. While azaleas can be dug up no matter the age of the plant or the time of year, transplanted azaleas tend to have better success if they are moved in the early spring or fall on cool or overcast days.
Things You'll Need
Flour or outdoor marking spray
Tape measure
Burlap
Scissors
Shovel
Walk to the outermost reach of the azalea branches, called the dripline. Leave a line of flour or spray a line with outdoor safe marking spray in a circle all the way around the plant. Measure the diameter of the circle with a tape measure. Cut a square of burlap to this size.
Dig down into the ground 1 foot deep all the way around the azalea on your marked dripline. This trench doesnít have to be wide, but the depth is important.
Push the blade of the shovel from the 1-foot depth toward the base of the azalea to slice the soil toward the plant and slightly downward. Do this all the way around the plant to form a wide cone of soil under the plant. Continue until the azalea can be rocked back and forth.
Knock off excess dirt from around the base of the plant, working from the outermost portions of the cone inward until you reach the roots.
Roll up the square of burlap halfway. Have one person tilt the azalea away from you and hold it in place. Stuff the rolled portion of the burlap under the plant as far as possible. Tilt the azalea in the opposite direction and unroll the burlap so the square is under the plant.
Bring the corners of the burlap together near the base of the azalea. Tie the corners together as tightly as possible to secure the roots. Lift the azalea from the hole by grabbing the burlap. Donít grab the stem or limbs of the plant to lift.
Tips & Warnings
Transplant the removed azalea as soon as possible, if you intend to replant it, otherwise tend to the plant every day with a slow but thorough watering to keep the roots from drying out.
Avoid feeding any replanted azaleas for the first year and water them as though they are potted plants with attention paid during periods of excessive heat or dry spells.
Wear protective clothing, such as long sleeve shirts, pants and boots, as well as protective goggles while working to avoid scrapes or pokes from limbs.

Check out these related posts