Skies cloudy bright, followed by a day or two of cool drizzle, the weather her in Northeast Ohio has been perfect…..for transplanting. I have been doing quite a bit of it. 

I lost two spruces last year and now have a 40 by 30 foot gap along the rear property line. The spruces were diseased and I knew a few years back they would have to go at some point. I’ve been layering my forsythias to build up a nice supply of transplants. These now form a double staggered row. Eventually, they should make a decent rear wall to the hedge row I am installing in front of them.

I have been purchasing native shrubs from my local soil and water district. They sell rooted cuttings each spring ( five of a variety for eight dollars, great deal). Potted up they grow on through the summer and overwinter in a trench along the north side of the garage. In their second year they are planted in some out of the way place in the yard. The ones that have survived will form the base planting of the hedge row with plenty left over for other areas and to give away.

Now if I could only transplant my weeds into the neighbor’s yard.


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