Moving an arborvitae

Asked September 2, 2015, 4:50 PM EDT

When we moved into this home in 2010, the globe arborvitae was here, I assume since the building of the home in 2004. It is now too large for the site, but we have lots of backyard areas we could use it in. Is it worthwhile to move this plant that may be 11 years old?

Rice County Minnesota

1 Response

It is difficult to move a large, well established shrub. For the greatest chance of success the largest, possible root ball should be moved. If hiring a company with a tree spade is too expensive, estimate how much of a root ball you can move and cut a semi circle or half a circle around the shrub. Make the cut straight down as deeply as you can. Wait six months and then cut around the other half of the circle, if you can wait until the end of the season to move the shrub that will give the shrub time to finish making a new, compact root ball. It is a lot of work with and it will not be obvious immediately if it is successful.