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I have a dwarf burning bush that is 4 feet high and 4 feet wide. It is unable to stay in its current location because of remodeling. I enjoy the fall display of color that this bush provides for me and do not wish to lose its beautiful display. I wish to move the bush to a new location. When would be the best time to move it, and how should I go about doing so? I also would like to know when the best time is for pruning the burning bush.

That is a rather large plant to try to move, but the best time would be now, in the fall, followed by very early spring while the plant is still dormant.

You will need to water the plant deeply the day before you move it, unless Mother Nature helps you out. Then dig as large a root ball as possible and replant immediately at the same depth it grew before.

The root ball will be large and heavy. It would be wise to prepare the hole in the new location before you dig up the plant.

Water well, mulch, and keep the soil moist but not soggy until the plant re-establishes just as one would for a new plant. Burning bushes have a fairly symmetrical natural shape and do not as a rule require much if any pruning.

Celeste Lindsay is a WSU-certified master gardener. Send questions to mslindsay8@gmail .com.