Preparing the site for the new alpine house involves taking stock of the existing plant collection and then embarking on ground clearance. Within the Hamamelis Border some plants were de-accessed but others merited a move.
The mature specimen of Hamamelis japonica var. arborea required considerable root ball preparation prior to cutting under with the extended planting bucket on the tractor front loader frame. Once on the plate of the bucket the hydraulics take the strain as Paul lifts it gently from the redevelopment area transferring it carefully across the road to the newly prepared site.
Here the protective hessian is removed from the root plate and it is back filled with top soil ameliorated with compost to give a good start. Keep an eye on it for flushing out in the spring.
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Best wishes for the Christmas season.