Moving trees during October

Autumn is here and with it comes a whole new batch of garden and greenhouse activities for growers to busy themselves with.

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) explained that it is now a good time of year to begin thinking about tree and shrub relocation.

While the organisation advises against such a move unless completely necessary, it gave growers a number of tips that could be the difference between failure and success.

Some species in particular are intolerant to moving once established and plants like magnolias cytisus, cistus and rosas are all difficult to transplant.

Trees or shrubs that have been establishing themselves for five years or more will have developed complex root systems and are also notoriously difficult to move, the RHS said.

It advised those who have such specimens to seek professional help to decrease the chances of something going wrong during the process.

Garden and greenhouse fans should choose a calm, dull day in order to stop the roots from drying out.

When the tree or shrub has been moved, it should be well watered with a layer of organic mulch applied to the soil.

The RHS hosts horticultural events throughout the year, with gardeners able to pick up tips at the famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show and Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.