Mastering the Art of Successfully Transplanting Ground Cover Plants: Tips and Techniques

Mastering the Art of Successfully Transplanting Ground Cover Plants: Tips and Techniques

Ground cover plants are a great way to add beauty and functionality to your garden. They can help control weeds, prevent erosion, and provide habitat for beneficial insects. Some popular ground cover options include deadnettle, ivy, foamflower, and woodruff. Transplanting ground cover plants is an easy way to propagate them and expand your garden.

Before you begin transplanting, it’s important to identify the type of ground cover you have and learn about its specific requirements. Different ground cover plants have different growing habits, sun and moisture requirements, and spread rates. Once you know what type of ground cover you have, you can plan your transplanting strategy.

Transplanting ground cover plants is usually done in spring or fall, when the weather is not too hot or cold. To transplant, first, you need to prepare the new planting hole. Dig a hole that is twice as wide and equal in depth to the root ball of the plant you are transplanting. This will give the roots plenty of room to spread out and establish themselves in their new home.

Next, carefully dig up the clump or section of ground cover you want to transplant. Use a garden fork or a hand trowel to gently loosen the soil around the roots. Lift the plant out of the ground, making sure to keep as much of the root system intact as possible. It’s a good idea to water the plant a day or two before transplanting to ensure it is well hydrated and ready to be moved.

Once you have lifted the plant out of the ground, divide it into smaller sections if desired. Some ground cover plants, like ivy and deadnettle, can be easily divided and transplanted as smaller clumps. Simply use shears or a sharp knife to separate the clumps into smaller sections.

When planting the transplants, make sure to space them at the recommended distance to allow for their spread. For example, if the ground cover has a spread rate of 2 feet, plant the transplants about 2 feet apart. This will ensure that the plants have enough room to grow and fill in the area.

After planting, water the transplants thoroughly to help them settle into their new location. Keep the soil moist but not waterlogged, and continue to water regularly until the plants become established in their new home. Mulching around the transplants with a thick layer of organic mulch, such as wood chips or straw, can help conserve moisture and suppress weeds.

With proper care and maintenance, your newly transplanted ground cover plants will soon thrive and provide excellent coverage for your garden. Just keep an eye on them for signs of stress or disease, and make sure to give them the necessary water, sunlight, and nutrients they require. With a little knowledge and some basic equipment, you can successfully transplant ground cover and enjoy the benefits it brings to your garden.

How To Transplant Ivy Ground Cover In 2 Easy Steps

If you have ivy ground cover in your yard and want to transplant it to another area, you’re in luck! Ivy is a hardy plant that can quickly establish itself in new locations. By dividing the ivy plants and using the right techniques, you can successfully transplant ivy ground cover in just two easy steps.

Step 1: Divide the Ivy Plants

To start the transplantation process, you’ll need to divide the ivy plants into smaller clumps. This will encourage new growth and help control the spread of the ivy. Select a spot in your yard where the ivy will thrive – ivy prefers bright, shady spots with well-draining soil.

Using a sharp pair of pruning shears, cut through the roots between the clumps of ivy, ensuring that each clump has several roots and leaves. Divide the ivy clumps into smaller sections, making sure to keep them connected by the roots.

Pro tip: Dividing ivy plants in the spring or fall is best, as the plants are more likely to take root and establish themselves in these seasons.

Step 2: Transplant the Ivy Clumps

Once you have divided the ivy clumps, you’re ready to transplant them to their new location. Dig a hole in the new area, making it about the same size and shape as the divided clumps. This will ensure that the ivy can easily take root and grow in its new spot.

Place each ivy clump in a hole, making sure that the roots are spread out and covered with soil. Gently press down the soil around the ivy clumps to secure them in place. Water the newly transplanted ivy well to help it establish itself in its new location.

Trouble spot: If you’re having trouble finding a spot for your ivy, you can also consider planting it near a tree. Ivy can be an excellent ground cover under trees, as it can thrive in the shade and help maintain moisture in the soil.

By following these two easy steps, you can successfully transplant your ivy ground cover to a new location. Remember to give your transplanted ivy regular care and maintenance to ensure its growth and health. With a little time and effort, you’ll have a beautiful ivy ground cover in no time!

Author’s note: For more information on growing and maintaining ground covers like ivy, feel free to consult gardening guides like The Old Farmer’s Almanac or take advantage of the knowledge and expertise available online. Credit to the author for the photo used in this article.

How To Move Ivy Ground Cover For Beginners

Moving ivy ground cover can be a challenging task, especially for beginners. However, with the right techniques and preparation, it can be successfully done. In this article, we will guide you through the step-by-step process of moving ivy ground cover.

Identifying the Ivy Ground Cover

Before you start the transplantation process, it is important to properly identify the ivy ground cover species you have. Ivy ground covers include fescue, stone steps, foamflower, sedums, bearberry, and many others. Understanding the specific requirements and characteristics of your ivy ground cover will help you manage and care for it successfully.

Preparing for Transplantation

Prior to moving the ivy ground cover, you need to prepare the area where it will be transplanted. Start by removing any weeds, rocks, or other debris that might interfere with the growth of the ivy. Also, make sure to take note of any specific requirements your ivy ground cover has, such as the optimal amount of sunlight or shade it needs.

Dividing the Ground Cover

Transplanting ivy ground cover usually involves dividing the existing clumps or plant into smaller sections. This can be done by digging around the clumps and carefully separating them into manageable divisions. Make sure to preserve as much of the root system as possible, as it will help the newly transplanted ivy to establish quickly and thrive in its new location.

Transplanting the Ivy Ground Cover

Once you have divided the ground cover, it is time to transplant the ivy to its new location. Dig holes in the desired spots around the area where you want the ivy to grow. Ensure that the holes are large enough to accommodate the roots and provide ample space for the ivy to spread. Place the ivy divisions in the holes and gently fill the gaps with soil, firmly pressing it around the roots.

Keeping Up with Care

After transplanting the ivy ground cover, it is crucial to provide it with proper care to ensure its healthy growth. Water the plants regularly, especially in the early stages of transplantation, to maintain their moisture levels. Additionally, consider pruning or trimming the ivy to prevent it from becoming overcrowded or invasive.


Moving ivy ground cover might seem like a daunting task at first, but with the right approach and preparation, it can be an easy and rewarding experience. By carefully identifying your ivy ground cover, preparing the new location, dividing the plants, and providing proper care, you can successfully transplant your ivy and enjoy its beauty in the desired areas.

Step 1 Digging

When it comes to transplanting ground cover, the first step is digging. This is usually done in the late summer or early fall when the ground cover is done growing for the season. Before you begin digging, make sure to water the area thoroughly to provide optimal moisture for the ground cover., a popular gardening blog, advises gardeners to be careful when digging to conserve moisture and not disturb the roots of nearby plants. To start, use a garden shovel or a garden fork to carefully remove the ground cover in sections. If the ground cover is overcrowded or has spread too much, dividing it into smaller sections can help accommodate the increased coverage.

It’s important to know the depth at which the ground cover grows. For example, foamflower and sweet woodruff grow at a shallow depth, while sedums can have a deeper root system. Use a small pair of shears or scissors to cut through the roots, making it easier to replant the sections.

Once you’ve removed the sections of ground cover, carefully lift them out of the ground, taking care not to damage the roots. If the ground cover has become tangled or rooted itself in, a garden fork or a hand trowel can help loosen it from the soil.

After removing the sections, it’s time to prepare the new planting area. Choose a spot that has similar growing conditions to the mother plant, especially in terms of sunlight and moisture. Shaded spots can be ideal for certain types of ground cover, especially those that prefer cooler temperatures or need protection from the heat.

To give the transplanted ground cover the best chance of success, it’s important to prepare the soil properly. Remove any weeds or grass that may compete for nutrients or inhibit the growth of the ground cover. Loosen the soil with a garden fork or a tiller, and amend it with compost or organic matter to improve its fertility and moisture retention.

Before moving the ground cover to its new home, it’s a good idea to check the roots for any signs of disease or damage. Trim off any brown or rotted roots, and gently separate any roots that have become tangled. This will help the ground cover establish itself in its new location.

With these steps completed, you’re now ready to plant the divided ground cover in its new location. This process is typically easy and straightforward. Dig a hole slightly larger than the root ball of the ground cover section, and place the section in the hole. Backfill the hole with soil, gently firming it around the roots. Water the area thoroughly to settle the soil and provide optimal moisture for the transplanted ground cover.

Care for the transplanted ground cover as you would any new plant. Water it regularly, especially during dry spells, to help it establish its root system. Mulching around the base of the plant can help conserve moisture and suppress weeds. Be careful not to overwater, as that can lead to root rot or other problems.

In conclusion, transplanting ground cover requires careful digging and preparation. By following these steps, you can successfully move and divide your favorite ground cover plants, creating more coverage and improving the health and appearance of your garden.

Step 2 Replanting

After dividing your ground cover, it’s time to replant it in a new location. Follow these steps to ensure a successful transplant:

  1. Choose a spot: Look for a spot that meets the growing requirements of your ground cover, such as sunlight, moisture, and soil type.
  2. Prepare the soil: Before planting, ensure the soil is well-drained and fertile. Remove any weeds or grass from the planting area.
  3. Digging up the sections: Use a shovel or garden fork to carefully lift the sections of ground cover. Be sure to lift a large enough section with intact roots to give the transplants the best chance to thrive.
  4. Divide the plant: Once lifted, separate the ground cover into smaller sections if needed. Use a sharp knife or shears to carefully divide the plant, ensuring that each section has enough roots to sustain it.
  5. Planting the divisions: Dig a hole in the prepared spot and place the divided sections of ground cover into the holes. Ensure the plants are spaced appropriately to allow room for spreading and growth.
  6. Backfilling: Carefully fill the holes with soil, ensuring that the roots are covered but the foliage remains above ground.
  7. Watering: After planting, thoroughly water the transplanted ground cover to help settle the soil and encourage root establishment.
  8. Maintaining the transplants: To help the transplanted ground cover re-establish, provide regular moisture and keep the area weed-free. Consider adding a layer of mulch to conserve soil moisture and control weeds.

Remember that different ground cover species may have specific requirements, so it’s important to research and learn about the specific needs of your particular ground cover. By following these steps and providing proper care, you can successfully transplant your ground cover and enjoy its beauty and benefits in a new location.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.