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 ask a friend for help lifiting -- even for medium sized shrubs.
digging the plant, water the soil around the root zone. Dig carefully to keep the root ball intact. Wrap the ball in burlap or a tarp and tie it up with twine or rope to prevent the ball from cracking as you move it.
Make sure the root ball does not dry out. Preparing the Planting Hole. Apr 21, Lay a piece of polythene by the side of the plant or shrub. Then dig widely around the base, trying not to damage the root system too much. Get as much of the root ball out as you possibly can. Push a spade well underneath the root ball, then carefully lift the whole plant Estimated Reading Time: 2 mins. 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.
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. treeclearance.buzz: Roger Cook.