Moving arborvitea

February 21, 2009


We have the most awful pool landscaping and are starting to design our new wonderful space. Right now we plan to:

- move the shed to side yard behind the house

- replace the awning

- remove the indoor/outdoor carpet

- replace the fence

- remove the raised beds on the side of the fence and replant

- relay the brick patio to have a herringbone pattern with soft curves and maybe a raised brick bed at the back

- add a fire pit

So the question is, can we salvage and move these arborvitae? There are 8 of them. I can't stomach the idea that I would rip them out and let them die - plus I don't want to have to wait years to have mature plants. Right now they're in a raised bed and literally toppling out of it. We'd like to move 2 the front yard to screen the pool better. The others I'd like to move to the back fence area - maybe 3 in the left corner where the shed is and 3 off to the right to provide a backdrop for a seating area.

Is this doable given the root structure and how big these scrubs are? Can we DIY or do we need professional help? We're handy and used to hardwork - but we're not super heroes : )

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