Transporting and Protecting Ornamentals

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Transporting and Protecting Ornamentals

From the time a plant is dug until it is planted in its new location, the roots should never be allowed to dry. Prolonged exposure to air will cause the roots of bare root plants to dry out and die. Roots can be protected by packing them in moist straw, sphagnum, peat moss, bark or other suitable material and then wrapping with moist burlap. Tops of plants should be protected from drying winds when you're transporting them by car or truck. Cover the shoots with a sturdy fabric or transport in a covered van or truck. Guard against trunk and stem injury by using protective padding.

It is important to plan ahead to allow sufficient time to transplant ornamentals, so you can dig and then plant without delay.

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