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Move Your Garden to a New Home

Transporting Annuals, Perennials, and Gardening Tools

© 2016 by Vicki Riviera; all rights reserved; content may not be copied, rewritten, or republished without written permission.

The gardening lady; photo courtesy Ella Andrews

If you have been looking forward to moving day and it is finally lingering “at your doorstep” you are most likely more than eager to move to your new home. But how much thought have you given to your garden which you’ve worked so hard on?

You can’t just leave it to someone who doesn’t appreciate it like you do. However there are ways of moving your plants to your future home, so that you can set the start to a new garden.

Read on for some solid advice on how you to move your plants and tools the efficient way. To begin with, you’ll have to know the exact type of climate and soil composition in your new location.

This is important bercause the new soil and climate might not be right for some of your plants. It’s best to leave those in their original place, rather than moving them.

Saving Flower and Vegetable Seeds

Many people tend to save the seeds of their favorite annual and perennial flowers and veggies. This practice is always recommended but is especially appropriate when a move is looming on the horizon.

In this case it will eliminate the need to move whole plants, since you have the corresponding seeds. No need for dealing with large weights and bulk.

To do this, your seeds are dried and put in envelopes which get labeled in detail. Don’t just leave these envelopes lying around the house. Instead, put them in sturdy plastic containers.

How to Transport Potted Plants

Annual and perennial flowers are best moved in special containers, filled with soil. At least two weeks before moving, install the plants in their designated containers, so that they can adapt to the change.

In other words, don’t shock them by transplanting them a day before the move. Use a quality lightweight potting soil instead of garden loam, because the latter may be damp and therefore—heavier.

When you prepare your plants, carefully inspect them for bugs and generally all varieties of plant pests. These can harm your plants not only during but also following the move.

Obviously, if they do have pests, there is no need to bring them along to your new garden. Once your plants have been transported to your new home, they should not be transplanted right away. This would shock them even more.

Allow them some adaptation time, so that they can get used to the new climate and then only begin transplanting them to bigger pots or into the ground.

How to Transport Your Gardening Tools

Flowers and gardening tools; photo courtesy Ella Andrews
You can’t take care of your new garden any more than you could your old one without your garden tools. But instead of loading them all onto the moving van, inspect them and discard the ones that are at the end of their lifespan.

Some of the serviceable ones will have to be sharpened, but leave that chore until after the move. Have a look at your lawn mower, clippers, edgers, and, pruning shears. Oil what needs to be oiled either now or after the move.

Load your tools into wooden or sturdy plastic crates for transport. Do not use cardboard boxes, unless you wrap them carefully in something such as burlap, since the sharper tools can cut right through them.

When selecting a moving company ask them whether they have previous experience in plant moving. Ask for references and let them share some information. It could help you a lot.

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