"I live in a 50 year old home and I have 2 lovely full grown boxwood shrubs seem to get up to 4ft tall and 6-7ft wide. I don't know how old they are but they are in very good condition. They are planted near the home foundation in a wide skinny bed boxed in by the brick foundation wall and a concrete walkway. The bed is rectangular, about 2.5-3ft wide/deep by 15ft long. I want to transplant these to another area of yard. What is the best way to dig up and transplant these shrubs to ensure successful survival? Any advice that you have will be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!"
BOB: If transplanting can wait until next fall, root-prune the Boxwoods just inside their branch-tips to a depth of 12 to 18 inches with a sharp spade (slant the cut inward to create a tapered rootball) now and move them next fall, since this will improve your chances of success.
Large shrubs are difficult to transplant successfully, especially when working in tight quarters next to a house and other shrubbery. It's important to get a large enough root ball that's intact, and large rootballs too heavy for many people to handle, so you may want to contract a professional landscaper or nurseryman for this project.