Moving to A New House? Here’s How to Bring Your Garden with You

Moving to a new house is and should be an exciting time for any person. But for many, the thought of leaving behind the garden they’ve spent so long cultivating and nurturing is enough to make them want to miss out on the move entirely.

This article is for those very people. Today we’re going to share how you can bring your precious garden—or parts of it at least—along with you on your new adventure. Ready to dig in?

In Preparation

Before you go any further, you need to know if you’re even allowed to bring your garden with you. In some cases, you’re legally prohibited to move plants to and from certain states, so be sure to brush up on your legal know-how before uprooting your lemon tree!

Also, in-ground perennials and trees are usually part and parcel of the property. As such, the new buyer is most likely expecting their newly purchased home to come with the big plants that were present when they viewed the property. So you’ll need to express, in writing, your desire to take a certain tree or two with you when you vacate the property. The new owner will be well within their buyer’s rights to either decline your request or demand that you replace the taken plants with plants of a similar size and species.  

The Easy Stuff

If you’ve been building your own tower garden or container garden, you’re in luck because both are easy to move. Generally, it’s recommended to avoid watering them the day before you move them because the moisture makes them MUCH heavier. If you’re moving flowered plants, and don’t want to risk damaging any fragile petals, consider packing them with straw to protect them.

Naturally, pot plants are also easy to take with you to your new home as it’s simply a case of placing the pot in the moving van. A little manpower and elbow grease are all you’ll need to achieve this. If you’re short on either of these, we recommend re-potting your plants into plastic pots—if you don’t thank us, your back will!

The Not-So-Easy Stuff

Sadly, transplanting bigger trees and shrubs like lavender is not as easy as other plants. When roots are exposed to air for extended periods of time, it’s extremely traumatic to the plant to move it. The standard procedure for uprooting trees and shrubs is as follows:

  • Dig around the plant and be careful to keep the root ball intact
  • Carefully uproot the plant
  • Place the plant on a tarp
  • Place the plant in the moving van or truck
  • Place the plant in its new hole (or home!)  

Final Thoughts

Remember, you’re going to be busy sorting out your garden so it’s best to call in some extra help to sort out your actual home. When packing for your move don’t feel as though you have to go at it alone. Enlist the services of your local packing company or put your friends and family members to work. It takes a village, after all.

Amelia
 

Amelia Robinson is a lover of plants and gardens, as well as an educator on this topic. It’s her goal to make sure that you get the chance to learn what you need to about gardening to succeed with your own home garden at the blog RobinsonLovePlants.com. You’re not going to find just a collection of basic articles about gardening here. Instead, she wants to answer the difficult questions for you. She tweets at @robinsonplants

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