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Summer is the worst time of year to transplant a tree, shrub or perennial, but sometimes circumstances force us to take action during the hottest, driest time of year. An out of print booklet titled Tree and Shrub Transplanting Manual by E. B. Himelick (available at the Miller Library) gives these tips for increasing the chance for success:

  • water deeply and regularly
  • apply a thick organic mulch
  • mist the foliage in the morning and evening
  • erect a temporary shade cloth
  • do not apply any fertilizer
Research has shown B vitamin "fertilizers" do not make any difference so don't waste your money!

Keywords: Transplanting
Created Date: 2007-06-11

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