Relocating a home garden – tips and tricks

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If you wish to keep your garden after you move, you have no other option than to relocate it, as well. This is a lengthy process that requires some deliberation and know-how. Relocating a home garden is a bit different than simply tending to it. You will need to carefully select a season in which to move it, create another watering schedule and so on.

The best thing to do is to research everything about moving a garden. You can even ask your moving company for advice. Even if they don’t know everything about your particular garden, they will know who to ask. And that is another thing you never can get enough of. Advice. Speaking of which, Zenith Moving prepared for you a lot of it in our small guide. Here are some:

Relocating a home garden – Useful tips!

The items on the list below are not everything that you will need to perfectly relocate your garden, but they are a really good start. In fact, if you follow all of the advice that is below, we guarantee that your relocation will a lot smoother. So, you need to:

  • Choose the season for the move
  • Mark where everything is going to go when relocating a home garden
  • Prepare the transportation
  • Make a special watering schedule when relocating a home garden
  • Use the drip line to dig up and trim excess stems
  • Reduce the stress on the plants and re-plant everything carefully
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Choose a good season to relocate your plants.

Choose the season for the move

This may be a bit tricky, due to other concerns, but if you want your garden to survive intact, you will need to choose a proper season for the relocation. You need to avoid moving in the summer, especially. This is because if you leave your roots in the sun’s glare for prolonged periods of time you can cause serious damage to your plants.

Another time when you should not move your garden is the winter, of course. If you can avoid only one season, however, avoid the summer. Any other time than the summer should be fine for your plants.

Mark where everything is going to go when relocating a home garden

Before you even start considering what to do with your actual plants, you need to figure out where exactly will they go. This means going to your new garden location and marking the spots in which you want to plant. Prepare these spots to the best of your ability, beforehand. This will make it a lot easier when you need to do the actual digging and replanting. This means that if you want to plant in the ground, directly, you will need to dig out the spots and make sure they are big enough.

If you have to move in the summer, the best thing that you can do is to douse these spots with plenty of water, before you replant. This will ensure that the roots get all the extra moisture that they need after the uprooting shock.

Finally, if you are not certain where exactly you want which plant to go, simply dig some trenches and make this your “plant nursery”. Speaking of which, here are some great plant nursery ideas for you to peruse. Maybe you like some of them so much that you will make that your permanent garden! You would not be the first one, if so.

Prepare the transportation

Another big thing that you need to consider is the actual transportation of your plants. You will need a lot of buckets and pots for this purpose. Alternatively, if you don’t have enough, you may simply wrap the roots in burlap. This will protect them while in transport. Many plants can wither and die during transportation due to shock alone. You need to figure out the best way to make the transport as easy as possible on your plants.

For this, you will need to do some research on the species of plants in your garden. Some plants can endure a lot more than others. You need to know what your plants can handle.

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If it’s possible, transport all your plants on your own.

Make a special watering schedule when relocating a home garden

Plants need water. Plants need water in correct doses. Some are hardier than others but the fact remains that you need to select a watering schedule that will make them more resilient to transportation.

The first thing that you will need to do is water the entire garden the night before the relocation. This will ensure that all the plants have sufficient hydration. It will also help them survive the “transit shock”. Also, make sure that the roots are well soaked or submerged, in the case of plants with naked roots. Some of these naked roots plants include roses, daylilies, and shrubs.

Use the drip line to dig up and trim excess stems

Before moving, also make sure that any foliage or even stems that are either too numerous or are dying, are cut off. Believe it or not, by doing this you will reduce the shock that your plants will experience. Of course, this does not apply to every single plant out there but is a great general rule.

The actual digging is best done with the usage of a special method called the “drip line”. This method involves using a hand shovel and digging a ring around the stem. While doing so, pay close attention to the position of the roots. This ring is universally called the drip line because your plant “drips” to the ground in that area.

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Use a hand shovel to dig out your plants.

Reduce the stress on the plants and re-plant everything carefully

After everything else has been done, you will also need to replant your garden properly. The best way to do this is to do it as soon as possible. If your situation does not allow for that, create a temporary home for your garden. The longer your plants stay there, however, the harder it will be for them to acclimate to their new home.

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This will have been the third time we relocated in the past five years. And we were really not looking forward to it, especially with a three- bedroom apartment. However, Zenith Moving really came through for us! They were on time, professional and very accommodating above all!

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February / 7 / 2020

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