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I am interested in transplanting some Creeping Cedar (a low lying, shady, forest ground cover with yellowish green color, cypress looking foliage). I've heard you need to move at least a 3x3 chunk of this in order for it to transplant properly. Any info you could give including any soil amending needed. I am in zone 8. Thank-you, A.P.

Backyard Expert - Cathy Nordstrum

Dear A.P.,

Most of us have seen a beautiful plant in the wild, and perhaps considered digging it up to put in our own gardens. There's a better way. If you find that Creeping Cedar would work well in your garden setting, you can save yourself some work by purchasing these plants at a native plant nursery, or they can even be mail-ordered. Often native plants are available for purchase at Botanical Garden plant sales.

The native Creeping Cedar, Juniperus horizontalis, is typically found in Canada and our northern tier of states. You are probably seeing a related species growing in Georgia. But in any case, it's a good idea to leave the plant you saw in its place undisturbed. Imagine if everyone dug large patches from our native forest floor; the environmental impact would be catastrophic. Please reconsider and try finding your plant elsewhere, or choose one of the other low-growing Junipers readily available in the trade.

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