This article is contributed by our guest author Angela HArpert of Handymoves.co.uk
Moving day is here and you are ready to hit the road and head to your future home. But what about the garden you have provided with such good care? You can’t simply leave it behind just like that after all the hard work. Fortunately, there is a way to move the fruit of your labor to your future property and continue taking care of the plants. Here are a couple of pointers on how to properly move both the plants and your gardening tools.
Start off by doing a little research on what the type of the soil and the climate in your future home are. Unfortunately, most probably there will be some plants that will not be able to thrive in the new garden if the climate there is way colder or hotter. However, moving even a quarter of the plants will impart the sense of familiarity to your new home. It will be like taking a piece of the old home you so deeply cherish.
A lot of people like to save seeds from their favorite annual flowers, just in case. This way, they won’t have to move the whole plants if this is too difficult, but can rather plant the seeds once the moving is done. This is how you can move part of the garden, without having to deal with bulk and big weights. The dried seeds are to be sealed in envelopes and labeled. Store the envelopes in reliable containers, like plastic food storage ones.
For most perennial flowers, it is best if they are moved in a container with soil. A couple of weeks, probably even months, prior to the move offsets or divisions of prized perennials are to be transplanted into plastic pots, in order for them to get acclimated to the new containers by the time for moving. Use the smallest pot possible, which will sustain the plant’s weight, and fill it with not with garden loam, but rather with lightweight potting soil. The garden loam could be damp, which will make the overall weight even bigger. When you prepare the potted plants for moving, examine them for bugs and other types of pests that might damage your plants during and after the move. In other words, problems are to be left behind rather than moved to your new garden. In order not to contribute to the overall shock, do not transplant your plants into new pots right away. Give them some time to get used to the new climate and surrounding and them move them to bigger pots if needed.
A week or two before the move, take full inventory of what you have in terms of gardening tools and decide what is to be used in the future in your new home and what is no longer in good condition and is to be thrown away. Examine the edgers, clippers, pruning shears and lawnmower and see if some of them require certain routine maintenance like sharpening and cleaning. A thin coat of household oil will protect the metal parts, whereas using linseed oil will protect the wooden parts. Pack the sharp tools in sturdy crates, either plastic or wooden. Avoid using cardboard ones during transportation as the tools might cut right through them and fall all over the moving van’s floor.
Before you embark on your moving trip check the laws of the certain state/county you are moving to. You will most probably be stopped for plant inspection. Ask an agricultural agent to see if you will have to certify your plants. Also, if you can provide them with big enough containers for the moving, store them in such in order to avoid any possible damage inflicted on them.
Even if you can’t take all flowers and plants with you, a couple of them will be more than enough to give start to a new beautiful garden in your future home.
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