moving plants out of the way of construction
We're having our driveway graded and graveled. While he was here, the contractor pointed out that the reason it's so wet under the house all the time is that the ground is a funny shape, and all the rain drains to under the house. Nice. So since he's going to be out there with the equipment, we're just going to have him pull out the sidewalk and regrade the front/side yard and driveway. The catch is my rosemary is out there, up against the house. (Oh-and a bay tree, too.) Obviously, they're going to have to come out for the duration, although I intend to put them back where they came from. I've never managed to keep rosemary alive as long as I have these, so I now have no clue what to do. How best do I dig them up and store them out of the ground for a few days? These guys are nearly 3' tall, and more than that around. The contractor offered to "just yank them" but obviously, I'd rather not! And the bay tree...When I bought it (from an herb greenhouse) the owner told me I stood a 50/50 chance of killing it whether I brought it in or left it out, so I put it between the house and the back of the kitchen steps, both of which are brick, and mostly faces south. I was hoping for a bit of a micro-climate and it seems I may have gotten one, because it's now more than three feet tall. It's also getting crowded out by the rosemary, and will have to move for the regrading. I live in zone 7b-can I put it in the garden, or should it stay in the corner by the house? I can move the rosemary down the house a bit, if necessary. Also, while I'm at it, is there anything I can/should amend the soil with, while I'e got them out? We do actually use a lot of the rosemary, so I've never fertilized it. Every fall I bank like heck with the leaves from the side yard, and by spring they're usually pretty well composted.