5 Tips for Moving Your Garden Plants With You to a New House

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Our horses are such an important part of our lifestyle and our family. We are moving next year for my husband's work and one of the most stressful aspects is organising the horse transport. We've done this before and it always turns out okay, but it doesn't make the next time any easier. We can replace our furniture if it gets lost or broken, but our horses are part of our family. This blog is all about organising large animal transport across state lines and has a range of tips to make the process as not stressful as possible for both the animals and the owners.


5 Tips for Moving Your Garden Plants With You to a New House

17 February 2017
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There are plenty of things to think about when you're moving house, but one of the most important is what you're going to do with the plants in your garden. Obviously some will need to be left behind, but there's no reason not to take many the plants you've diligently watered and pruned during the last few years with you to your new address.

Just make sure you follow these tips to ensure everything goes perfectly.

1. Try to Move in Autumn or Winter

For most people, it sounds like madness to delay moving house until the autumn or winter simply to make it easier to move plants, but it's something you should at least consider if you're spent a long time cultivating your garden. During the dormant season, most plants will have essentially gone into hibernation, making them easier to move.

2. Start the Moving Process Early

When you're moving plants, it's best to start early. In fact, you should repot your plants at least a few weeks before moving. Two or three weeks before the actual move, move your plants from breakable pots into lightweight, plastic ones to make sure they are better able to make the journey. You should also take the time to prune new growth from larger plants; this will make them easier to transport.

3. Use an Insecticide

Even if you normally prefer to keep things green, it's extremely beneficial to use an insecticide before you travel with your plants. The reason for this is that plants will generally have to be transported along with your furniture, clothing and other such items. Bugs that usually stay in the garden can migrate to those items during transit.

4. Load as Late as Possible

Even if you have your plants re-potted and ready to go right away, it's best to avoid loading them up until the very last minute. Even though movers will try to provide the best possible environment for your plants, the fact is that they will always be vulnerable. Loading them last means they will spend the shortest possible amount of time within the transportation environment. Additionally, loading them last means they will be quite accessible, so you'll be able to easily check on them during transit and then remove them quickly upon arrival.

5. Avoid the Heat

In some parts of the country, it's naturally going to get a little hot during the day. If possible, make sure you avoid transporting your plants during the hottest parts of the day. Instead, move them either first-thing in the morning or towards the end of the day.