Moving House, Take care moving Plants.
Things to consider when moving house and moving plants. You may have spent any years and money planning your existing garden with your favorite plants and shrubs. The buyer on the other hand may have decided to buy the property because they loved the garden including all your precious plants and shrubs. Gardens that are well maintained can sometimes add up to 15 % on the value of a property.
Unfortunately, plants within your garden are classed as part of the fixtures and fittings list that you provide to your buyers before you exchange. If you want to take certain plants to your new garden you would need to include this in the fixtures and fittings list.
Also you need to consider what is the best time of the year to move certain plants.
- Evergreens: are best moved in late September early October or early spring as the soil needs to be starting to warm up when you transplant, to give the plants their best opportunity to re-establish.
- Deciduous plants: most leaf-dropping plants are dormant during October to March season and can be more successfully moved over this time.
Check which plants can be dug up for transplanting, and which plants grow well from taking cuttings. Cuttings from a well-established plant would mean that both yourself and the purchaser get to enjoy the plant and reduces the risk of the plant not surviving being transplanted.
If digging up, make sure get as much root as possible when digging plants. The soil around the root will help to protect the plants during the move. Place plants in pots with plenty of room, and be sure that the soil is amply moist. Plastic pots are best as they are lighter to lift, and less likely to get damaged during transit. Wrap roots of large plants, shrubs and trees in hessian burlap.
If you’re moving in the summer months, you should know that your plants might suffer badly. To make the temperature more manageable for your plants, here’s some tips.
- Place in shade for as long as you can before moving
- Water well before and if possible during your move.
- Add a top layer of mulch, like bark or peat.
- Water granules can be place in the pots prior to moving for slow release
Put your plants in last and out first, try to have them in transit for the shortest possible period of time, important to ensure that they don’t stay in dark, confined spaces for too long.
Once you arrive at your new home, check all plants, snip off any broken leaves or branches using a clean pair of garden snips. Transport your plants into their garden as quickly as possible. The best time would be early in the morning or later in the evening if it is a warm day.
Remember that it’s just as stressful for the plants you are moving as it is for you and your family. Your plants will need extra care and attention for at least a year after the move.
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