Tip of the Day — Oct. 19

To reduce the chance of transplant shock when moving a plant in your landscape, do it on a cool or cloudy day during the plant’s dormant season. Dig as large a root ball as you can safely handle, being as gentle as possible with the root system. If possible, have the new hole — at least twice as wide as the root ball — ready in order to minimize the amount of time before replanting. On large or mature plants, prune foliage by about one-third. Water immediately and make sure the soil doesn’t dry out while the plant settles into its new home.

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