changing garden around


Two queries I need help with  please.

Changing my West facing border I want to remove a conifer tree which is outgrowing its space and I wish to move a lovely big pieris which has outgrown the front of a border and move it back to the fence, When is the best time to do this and will it transfer well without dying? Its good and healthy.

I would like to put an apple tree by my sunny fence and only have space for one small upright tree as my garden is quite small  so space is a premium what would you advise as it appears most trees I've seen seem to suggest I need two for pollination , they did have a limited selection . Does this mean its not such a good idea or would I benefit from looking further afield for varieties. any help or advise would be welcome.



  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 24,553

    Hi mo. I moved a mature Pieris  last year - around late May/earlyJune, so not a good time really. Just now would be better although you may lose flowers. I'd say autumn is the best time.  I stuck it in a big trug full of soil and put it in the shade for a month or so until I took it to my nephew. It was absolutely fine and is now growing happily in his garden! I didn't expect it to survive - I had to take one branch off to get it out from under the path where it was growing. It never went short of water but had no care apart from that. I'll see if I can find the pix to give you an idea of it's size. image

    Some apple trees are self fertile so perhaps you could check out some of the fruit tree specialists online to find out which ones would be suitable. If someone nearby has an apple tree in their garden that would probably do the job though.

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 24,553

    Found these mo:1st one is where it was originally planted, 2nd one is what it looked like a few weeks later. You can see the foliage is quite perky and healthy image



    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,124

    Moving the pieris now will do harm, the soil is warming gradually, and unless we get a really cold snap, which is still possible, it should recover well. Give it a chance by adding plenty of organic compost material and some mycorrhizal fungi and it should romp away over the coming months. 

  • As already said the best time to move a Pieris is late autumn. If you moved it now I could go in to root shock which mean the growth will be stunted for a season. It will probably survive if you move in to its new position as long as you leave it with a big enough root ball and transfer it in to it new position asap Ensure you apply ericasious compost in with the soil and water it in well for the season



  • mo6mo6 Posts: 28

    thanks again information very helpful

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