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moving shrubs

I have 2 beautiful burning bushes that have been planted for about 6 years. They were supposed to be dwarf sized. However they have gotten pretty big. Now that they are larger I would like to move them away from the house about another 2/3 feet. Is there a way to do this without killing them, or should I leave them alone. I would hate to loose the bushes altogether.
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Thanks for writing. It won't be easy if the plants are large, but you can certainly move the shrubs.

When you dig them out of their current spot, keep as much of the root system intact as possible. The better condition the roots are in, the better the shrubs will take to being transplanted.

Also: To lessen the amount of time your burning bush are out of the ground, it's really helpful to dig the hole for their new spot before you dig them out of the ground. That way you can do all your digging at one time, then just plop the plant in the new spot and water it well.

Keep your burning bush moist, but not constantly wet or soggy for a few weeks after transplanting to them them get established. Then just care for them as normal.

I hope this helps. Good luck!

---Justin, Senior Garden Editor, "

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