How to Replant Conifers

Published: 13th August 2010
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If you need to replant a conifer tree, you'll need to make sure you're aware of the kind of environment it needs before you move it to its new spot. If the tree is a full size conifer, then it will very possibly grow to a vast height over the years, which means it needs plenty of space for its roots to expand and stretch out below ground. That means planting it close to other trees or buildings is a bad idea. You've probably seen cracked pavements and roads that have been torn up due to strong roots of nearby trees - imagine this happened to your house. It's not a pretty picture, and is something that must be avoided, so plant your tree well away from anywhere it can end up causing damage a few years down the line.

However, it may also be a dwarf conifer, which is far safer to have on private land and you don't need to worry about too much, or perhaps even one of the brilliantly weed-suppressing ground covering conifers - but in either case, do your research to make sure you're going to be giving the tree enough room to spread around.

Now that you've decided where you're going to replant your conifer, there is a particular way you ought to put it in the ground to ensure it stays upright, roots itself and is able to grow into a healthy tree. First of all, make sure the hole is deep enough. The hole you dig should be wide and deep enough for all of the plant's roots to fit inside - though not excessively deep. The roots themselves will be bundled into a sack, the purpose of which is to hold the clinging particles of soil from the conifer's old spot to the roots so they're not lost in transition. The reason for doing this is in case the tree cannot be replanted straight away and must be stored for a week or two before it can be put back in the ground.

Once the tree - sack and all - has been placed into its new spot, remove the sack and allow the roots to spread out. You may need to stake your tree so it has a support helping it to grow upright. You can water it before adding the same soil you dug out back into the hole. The reason it's better to use the same soil instead of compost or peat moss is that the roots may become pampered or prevented from developing a powerful root system that is capable of sourcing water from further away areas. Once the tree is planted, water it deeply and do so frequently until the tree seems more capable of holding its own.

Conifers are magnificent trees that, when planted and encouraged correctly, can grow to have long and healthy lives - so look after yours and watch it grow big and strong as the years pass!

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