applestar wrote:How big isyour small shrub? Are you digging it up yourself or with professional help?
I think there is less chance of shock if it is dug up while dormant. There's also less shock if it had been previously root pruned in preparation for the move.
I see professionally balled and burlapped (I believe they use a specialized digging machine) trees and shrubs, buried in mulch and moisture levels carefully replenished, at the nurseries in springtime. THOSE trees are out of the ground for as much as two months or so I think.
We have one of those shrub magnolias -- it's pretty big now though... About 6ft high and maybe 10 ft wide.
no, not professionally, just me a spade and some burlap.
since I'm not sure about how moist to keep the roots I think its better if I just wait until the day of or the day before to dig it out. it will be added stress but if it keeps it from dying I suppose its worth it.