Ultimate guide to moving your garden

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Ultimate guide on how to move your garden

You have boxed up the bedrooms, the living room, the basement and the kitchen. Question, – will you leave your beautiful garden behind? It is usually risky to move your garden, but we hope these tips will be helpful and prevent your plants from drying up during the entire moving process. Unfortunately it appears that moving a garden with you when you move home may not be all that ethical, it raises questionable issues that are both ethical and legal. We all assume that we own our gardens but the ownership is conditional, apparently once a plant is rooted in the ground it has entered ‘terra-incognita‘, having said that there is nothing to stop you taking cuttings of your favourite plants. It’s an unwritten rule but the theory is ‘anything you can pick up you can move’. If you are over the above then carry on below for the perfect garden move.

Some question need to be answered before the move, make a list and include the below;

  1. When are you moving?
  2. How far away?
  3. How will the plants be transported?
  4. And importantly – which plants?

Hopefully our simple steps below will assist you in the perfect Garden move.

Step 1. Temporary nursery

It is a well known fact that many people relocate in the summer. Unfortunately this is the trickiest time to uproot plants as the dry weather can adversely affect the roots. To make sure your plants will blossom in their new home, set up a temporary plot in advance. Just dig simple holes or trenches that, for a short time, can accommodate your plants when you arrive, the area should be shaded and cool preferably on the north side of your new home.

Step 2. Uprooting process

Prior to uprooting your plants you may want to remove about one third of the foliage an stems to reduce the shock, then, ensure the soil is watered to keep the roots moist whilst in transit. With a sharp shovel, dig around the plant but maintaining most of the soil that surrounds the roots. Wrap the root ball nicely in a moist burlap sack or any material for that matter, and keep it in a planter or bucket large enough to accommodate the root ball. Never leave the roots exposed to the sun.

If you are uncertain of how much to hollow out around the plant, measure approximately one vertical foot from the stalk’s base. Then determine the stalk’s diameter in inches and multiply by eighteen. The result should be the number of inches the root-ball should be.

Step 3. Packing for transit

Plants should be the last items to be packed onto the moving van and first off. Secure the bucket or planter to avoid them sliding about in the removal van using ratchet straps.

Step 4. Arrival and replanting

To hold water optimally in your temporary ditches, mix soil water with wood chips and / or peat moss and water thoroughly to increase water retention. Once you arrive, cut off any roots which may have broken during transit. Keep the plants wet in the temporary trenches. Place each plant into it’s new temporary hole and water well, lightly fill the hole with soil and this time water the whole pant including the leaves. The plants can happily sit here for several months until you are ready to move them to their permanent location.

Step 5. Growth and beyond

Check the plants daily for the first few weeks. Plants that have been moved will need to be watered every day, some at least once a day. If you see any wilting then water them. The larger the plant the more water they need.

As mentioned earlier, to move your garden is going to be a risky process especially in the summer, however if you are completely set on moving it with you, we hope these guidelines will help you. We are an experienced London removal company and we can skilfully help you move your garden. Feel free to contact us using the information on the right. We wish you all the best as you plan for this intricate process.

Lets hope that this information isn’t read by those individuals who purposely strip gardens ahead of a move as in this Daily Mail article here.

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