Transplanting is integral to my projects because a majority of my work is with existing landscapes.
While many of the existing plants are worthless and can be removed, some have value and should be considered for transplant.
Some of the reasons to transplant are:
A contractor who is looking out for the homeowner’s best interest should consider the value aspect.
Does the plant type, condition of the plant, logistical challenges of the move and the chance of success justify the cost?
These are some things to consider:
If you’re considering transplanting and are speaking with a contractor, look for someone that has knowledge and experience in this area.
Costs will be absolute and success will be a variable (again, typically with no guarantees). There are companies that specialize in transplanting and often have equipment just for this purpose.
For the do-it-yourselfer you may consider all of the above before “digging in” (pardon…).
Gather as much information as you can on the specific plant you want to move. Perhaps take a few pictures, measurements and even a branch sample to a reputable nursery to help them give advice.
Transplanting is a huge topic and I’ll be sharing with you more information and experiences in upcoming posts.
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Landscapes are complex, and shortcomings anywhere in the process can affect the project… and your peace of mind.
My approach is process-oriented. I break things down from planning to implementation — and make sure everyone is kept informed.
My goal is to alleviate concerns such as design decisions, costs, workmanship and material quality. I want folks to stress less and actually enjoy the process.
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