Plants On-The-Move: 4 Essential Preparatory Steps When Moving With Your Garden
Home relocation is an exciting time, albeit a stressful one.
Whether you’re moving to a new place in the same neighborhood, town or city, or moving interstate, there is always that feeling of anticipation that comes with the move.
You may be moving because you just sold your old property and you have now purchased the house of your dreams. Or you may be relocating because of a great career opportunity. Perhaps the move is your highly awaited transition from being a tenant to a full-fledged homeowner. Whatever the reason for your home relocation, moving house is a chance to start afresh.
However, as you very well know, moving house comes with a number of challenges. You do not just have yourself and some of your belongings to move. You may be moving with kids, pets, and a lot of other things. One of the more challenging aspects of a move would be relocating with your “green pets” or your plants, particularly if you are an inveterate gardener.
After all, one of the reasons you got a new place with substantial yard space is because you have always envisioned having your beautiful plants inhabit the area. So if you’re one of those people who simply cannot say goodbye to their home garden, there are a couple of things that you can do to prep your flora for relocation.
1. Time your move
If you will be moving somewhere close to your old home, scheduling may not be a major issue. But if you are moving to another state or region, you will need to plan ahead.
For your green pets, summer is usually not the best time for moving. The heat and the dryness can destroy even healthy roots. Meanwhile, direct exposure to sunlight is certain to damage even hardy plants when they have just been uprooted from the soil they were originally planted in. Spring and fall are ideal times for moving with your plants, so see if it is at all possible to time your move during these seasons.
Winter, though not the best time for moving with plants, is actually more viable since plants would be dormant then, and moving and transporting them would be less cumbersome.
However, ensure you do not store them somewhere warm for long as it may give your plants the wrong impression that spring has finally come.
If you have special or sensitive plants and are unsure about what you should do, consulting a local horticultural expert should get you the information you need. You may be advised to take cuttings instead of entire plants, especially for an interstate kind of move.
2. Plan for where each plant will go
To reduce the stress of garden relocation, the moment you know for certain that you are moving to your new home, take some time alone in your new yard. This should happen at least a week prior to the actual move. Mark clearly where each of your garden plants will go, either by putting tiny signs in the yard or making a garden plot plan, similar to a floor plan.
Remember, you need to be able to replant your greens as soon as they arrive, so take away the guesswork and stress of planting day by making the necessary preparations. If need be, ensure your soon-to-be new garden is ready for your plants by tilling it yourself some time prior to your move, or arranging for it to be tilled by a local gardening service.
3. Keep your gardening implements together
Just as you plan for an organized move by systematically packing your clothes, electronics, household appliances, kitchenware, cutlery and other necessities, the same attention is required for your gardening tools and equipment.
If, for example, you will be seeking packing assistance from your removals partner, you can always give them special instructions regarding your garden tools, equipment and related materials. This includes making arrangements with your removalist to prepare and move your garden fountain as well as other garden accessories you simply cannot part ways with.
By having your gardening implements in one or a few boxes and packages that are clearly labeled, you won’t have to rush and look for them when you arrive in your new place. This means you can proceed to do the necessary planting work as soon as possible.
4. Prepare your plants for the move
Moving potted plants is pretty straightforward, and your removalist should be able to easily handle them. However, for plants which need to be uprooted directly from the garden soil, special arrangements need to be made.
Consider taking the following steps to increase the chances of your plants surviving the stress of relocation:
a) Ensure the soil that will go with your plants is sufficiently hydrated or moist
Watering your plants the day before the move should make it easier to dig them up while ensuring the roots have access to enough water during the trip.
a) Time the uprooting schedule correctly.
If you are moving early in the morning, the evening prior should be a good time to do this.
b) Be careful in digging up your plants, and always consider where the roots may have spread out.
Avoid digging too close to the base of each plant, and use a shovel to take your plant out of the soil. Be sure not to shake off excess soil as this will actually protect your plant from shock.
c) For containers, there are options you can consider to transplant your green pets.
You can use pots or buckets to temporarily hold uprooted plants, or wrap the root balls in burlap. If you have plants with naked or bare roots such as prairie onion, roses and daylilies, you will need to submerge their bottoms in water two to three hours before replanting in your new garden.
Indulge your green thumb even during a home relocation
Moving house is certainly a stressful undertaking for all – you, your family, pets and plants. But if you plan well for your relocation, and take the necessary steps to ease the moving and transition processes, there’s no reason to be overwhelmed.
So, if you have a green thumb, following the above tips would mean not having to say goodbye to your garden, but saying hello to your new one with your old green friends.