Plant Lovers: How to Move Your Garden

You’ve spent months, and maybe even years cultivating the perfect garden, but does moving house mean that you have to leave all your beautiful plants behind? With some careful planning, you CAN safely transport your beloved plants to your new home for you to enjoy for years to come. Scroll down for Florida’s Best Moving’s top tips on moving your garden… 

Before Your Move  

It’s always a bit risky to move living plants since plants can be temperamental even in the best circumstances. Abrupt changes in light, temperature, etc. can be hard on them. They’re also a part of your home, and if you’ve spent a lot of time cultivating these plants, you want to at least try to bring them with you, right?  

A caveat: your vegetable garden, or plants in pots, are fine for you to take! Some plants (though they may hold family memories) are expected to stay at your home when you sell. Don’t go uprooting the plants around your yard as the buyer of your home is most likely expecting the trees and in-ground perennials to stay with the property.  

Moving Plants Safely 

Now, here are our best tips to plan how to transport your plants safely!  

Be Aware of the Season  

While it’s never a great idea to move your plants in the height of summer, a lot of people plan their moves for this time, so be aware that you’ll have to be extra careful with your plants.  

Exposed roots are especially vulnerable to hot temperatures and strong sunlight, so ensure that your plants are properly watered and that bare roots are never left in the sun.  

Hydrate Before Uprooting 

The night before you plan to dig up your plants, give them a deep soak so the water will permeate into the soil and the roots. Don’t drown them, but make sure that the plants have enough water to hold onto during the uprooting process.  

In the weeks and months before the move, try to get into the practice of regularly deep soaking your plants which creates more healthy and robust plants.  

Moving doesn’t have to be stressful! Call the pros at Florida’s Best Moving to help pack and unpack your home, and move everything (plants included!) safely and securely to your new home. Get your free quote today!   

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Give Your Plants a Trim  

To help your plants conserve energy during your move, make sure they’re as healthy as they can possibly be. One of the best ways to do this is to trim off the dead stems or leaves so the plant won’t waste its energy.  

Uproot with Care  

Uprooting will be the first stressor to your plant in the moving process. To help with the shock, water your plants again before digging them up, even though you deep soaked them the night before.  

Follow these tips for stress-free plant uprooting: 

  • Use a trowel to dig a ring around the plant, just be sure that you are giving enough space that you aren’t cutting into any of the roots. 
  • As you remove the plant from the ground, keep as much soil attached to the roots as possible. 
  • Immediately place the uprooted plant in a pot with soil and water it again or wrap the base of the plant (roots and soil) in a burlap sack.  

Don’t have the energy to pack up everything in your home plus your garden? We can help! From packing and unpacking to moving your items securely to your new home, we will do it all for you! Call our licensed movers near you for a quote: 813-485-6580  

Moving Day and Beyond  

On moving day, try to take your plants with you in the car if possible. If they have to go on the moving truck, make sure that they are packed securely and are the last items on the truck and the first off on arrival.  

No matter if you are moving your prized rose bushes, or tomato plants, have a plan to get them back in the ground as soon as possible. If you are unsure of where each plant is going to go at your new home, dig a quick temporary trench that you can house the plants in until you are ready to find a permanent home for them. 

To do so, follow these tips: 

  • Water the trench before transplanting the plants into it. 
  • Place the plants in the watered hole and cover with fresh soil 
  • Water the soil and allow it to soak in, then fill the hole with soil and water again.  

While your plants are settling into their new yard, try to limit stress on them from the natural environment. Shade the plants from direct sunlight for a couple of days so they can adjust and water them every day to help them regain strength. If you notice that the plants are wilting, adjust your watering accordingly and they should perk right up!  

Move Your Garden  with Florida’s Best Moving  

No matter how much care you take, moving your plants is tricky, so don’t be alarmed if you lose a couple of plants en route to your new home. With the proper precaution and expert quick moving from the pros at Florida’s Best Moving,  you should be able to successfully move and replant your garden at your new home, roots and all!  

Ready to move your home and garden? Call Florida’s Best Moving or fill out the quote at the bottom of the page. We can’t wait to help you move to your new home!