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Blooms on the Move: Advice for Moving a Garden

Feb 07. 2024

When you’re making the move, we often find that our customers are keen to take their gardens with them. The good news is that with careful planning, a green thumb and an experienced removal company, you can successfully transplant your garden to your new residence.

In this guide, we’ll explore some expert advice on how to move a garden when moving house, ensuring your cherished plants thrive in their new environment.

Plan Ahead:
One of the key elements to a successful garden move is meticulous planning. Start by creating a detailed inventory of your plants, noting their species, size, and specific care requirements. Ensure that you inform your chosen removal company of what exactly you require moving. Start these conversations with your mover as soon as possible to ensure that they factor these requirements into the quote to help you budget appropriately.

Consider the climate and soil conditions at your new location to help determine which plants will thrive and which might struggle.

If possible, it’s also worth trying to arrange taking cuttings in advance of the move. Many trees and shrubs can be propagated from cuttings. Broadly speaking, it’s best to try taking cuttings during April to September. Depending on the species of the plant, a root length of 7cm-10cm will be adequate for a cutting. It’s best to take the cutting immediately underneath a leaf joint and to also cut off the tip and then take off all other leaves except the top pair. You can take several cuttings and insert them in a pot of compost. The cutting will start to root before you move. Once they’re fully rooted, which can take up to 12 months, they can be planted in the garden of your new home.

Choose Wisely:
Its worth being quite selective when choosing which plants to move and focussing on transporting plants that are healthy and likely to withstand the move and those that have sentimental value. Where plants are potted, they are generally easier to move.

On occasion, customers have trees, for example, that have sentimental value, do opt to proceed with taking this with them. Bear in mind that if this is planted into the ground, a removal company won’t be able to dig them up for you and any roots must be bagged to avoid transferring soil onto the rest of the contents of the van. We are also unable to replant at your new property.

Prepare Your Plants:
In the weeks leading up to the move, you can implement a few measures to help give your plants the best chance of survival. Trimming back excess foliage will reduce stress and ensuring they are watered adequately will help. Consider transplanting some of the smaller plants into portable containers, making the transition smoother.

Have the Right Equipment:
In the midst of organising the move, factor in sourcing the appropriate tools to make the garden-moving process much smoother. Having sturdy containers on hand, be these plastic or wooden boxes, will help to transport your plants safely. Equally, having sufficient soil, compost and mulch will allow you to recreate a suitable growing environment at your new home soon after you move in.

With careful planning and liaising closely with your chosen removal company, you can successfully transplant your green companions to their new home. By following these expert tips, you’ll not only preserve the beauty of your garden but also create a thriving oasis in your new surroundings.

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