Aug 29, 2010 5:18 pm
Current have a few Neighbours-Be-Gone®Trees - Acmena smithii that where planted over 8 months ago. I was hoping you would tell me if it is ok to dig them up and replant them somewhere else? If so what is the best way to go about it?
Re: Re-planting Lilly Pillys2
Aug 29, 2010 6:37 pm
What's with the R thingo?
Good bye Neighbours
As far as lily pillys go, not a bad choice
I take it you are in NSW and at a guess, I'll say Sydney somewhere?
If so then clip them back. Wait a week or two, then you can dig them up but after 8 months and over winter I bet you could just rip them. If you want, a sharp spade will be the polite way of doing the job Have some organic compost/soil improver/ conditioner and dig that through your existing soil. What you want is a wide shallow area prepared, not deep and narrow. About a metre around each one. That is after all where the roots will grow into
Once done, heavy layers of mulch 75-100mm thick (don't listen to those who say things about that thickness of mulch ) Choose a mulch that is raw and uncomposted, something like straws and also the stuff from your local tree lopping bloke. Seasol and molasses over coming months each week will ensure everything comes together just nice
Re: Re-planting Lilly Pillys3
Aug 30, 2010 1:57 pm
We transplanted some established lilly pillys (bush xmas), and 5 out of 7 survived. They do get a bit stressed (lots of leaves will fall off) but seem to be quite tough. I think the ones that didn't survive, didn't have a big enough hole dug for them, so make make sure you loosen the soil really well for the roots. Plenty of seasol and water, and you should be fine.
Re: Re-planting Lilly Pillys4
Aug 30, 2010 7:19 pm
Successful planting isn't about deep rich holes in the ground. It should always be about shallow and wide prepared areas of soil Anything deeper than 300-400mm and the roots at that depth are not water/feeder roots. There is no oxygen and microbial life is dismal. Say a metre around where each plant will be growing is what to prepare
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