Moving Your Garden to a New Home
They have grown up with you and are a part of the family. With moving day drawing near it’s time to make decisions. Should you take your much loved plants along to the new home? With careful planning your plants can arrive in good condition, while adding colour and brightness to your new residence.
Before you move pot plants
- Speak with a representative at Sydney Moving regarding any concerns you may have, and any advice they can offer.
- Make sure your plants are in the best possible health during the lead up to the move. Plants need to be healthy and strong to enable them to acclimatise in their new surroundings.
- Keep some sturdy boxes and plastic sheeting aside. The boxes can be lined for use on moving day.
- Pot plants can be pruned, with the exception of ferns and succulents. Straggly plants with brittle branches will otherwise snap or bend, possibly resulting in plant disease later on.
- Some plants may require re-potting into removable containers. Do this some weeks ahead of moving day to give the plants time to settle.
- Make sure heavy stone or earthenware pots are in good condition prior to the move, otherwise they may crack or shatter during relocation, causing a messy or damaged arrival at the new address.
On moving day
- Drain the pots of excess water, clean and tidy up surrounding soil or decorative fill, and remove garden pests such as snails and spiders.
- Pack the plants into your pre-prepared boxes lined with plastic. Inform the removalist regarding any breakable items.
- Plastic can be wrapped around the foliage of larger plants to prevent damage. Tape the plastic securely yet comfortably for the plant, avoiding suffocation. Plants require oxygen.
Moving plants directly from the garden
- Keep a few essential garden implements aside so you can dig up your much loved garden plants on moving day. The timeline will be tight but will also assist in relocating your plants quickly before they begin to suffer or wilt.
- Wrap the roots in plastic sheeting keeping as much moist soil around the root ball as possible.
- If dealing with larger plants, stake or tie with cane supports to minimise plant movement and the possibility of snapping.
- Moving day is usually very busy and you may have a lot on your mind, but it’s essential to make time for your plants. If you don’t have time to complete the planting, at least dig a hole and cover the roots with soil. This will protect the roots and stop them drying out until you are ready for planting.
- Soils vary radically, even within the same suburb. There is every possibility your new soil will be very different to your previous home. A pH kit is a good investment for easily testing the soil prior to adding the necessary nutrients.
- Pay close attention to your plants in the weeks after your move. Large plants and trees can sometimes take an entire year to settle before they again start to flourish. Water well in the initial stages to avoid plants drying out.
- Use your relocated plants as the foundation for the new garden. Get accustomed to the orientation and setting, and enjoy the opportunity to create an entirely new landscape.
These simple tips will ensure your precious plants can enjoy the new home just as much as you do. Remember to speak to the experts at your local garden centre, and the professionals at Sydney Moving if you have any questions or concerns.
By Corey K (follow me on Google )