When it comes to house removals, a lot of the focus tends to be on furniture dismantling, and the packing, and choosing what to do with everything else that is considered old, no longer of service, or has been outlived.
But what about the outside of your home? What do you do with the items you might want to take with you – the equipment, furniture, and more sensitively, the plants?
It may not be the first thing that comes to mind, moving the garden, but it very much is one of the things that is guaranteed to keep you awake at night, especially if your small garden means the world to you.
Taking your Garden with You
The principles that apply when moving a garden are not much different from those that come into play when moving the rest of your home.
The first thing you need to mull over is what you want to take with you.
If you’re quite the plant enthusiast, chances are you have a strong attachment to some – if not all – the flora in your garden. That means choosing what to take with you and what to leave behind will be a conundrum you’ll need to solve.
If it’s feasible, by all means, move everything with you – though discuss this with your garden moving services provider. Otherwise, life being life, it will always place us in a position where we have to make a choice. In that case, you will need to be selective.
Sometimes, circumstances might dictate that choice for you.
For instance, depending on where you’re headed – and this mostly applies to interstate moves – you might be forced to leave behind some plants that might be prohibited in the destination state. Yes, they do that.
That’s some homework you’ll need to do if you don’t want to leave your precious plants with the border guard.
That aside, climate and location are two other considerations to factor in. Some plants may not be suited to the regional climate or soil conditions of your destination state, if that’s halfway across the other side of the country.
If you’re not sentimentally attached much to some plants and have misgivings about their ability to survive in your new home, it’s probably best to part ways and leave them behind for the new owners to enjoy.
The move presents an opportunity to start afresh anyway.
What’s more, plants are likely not the only thing you will be moving when moving your garden. Some other things you should give consideration to include the garden décor, patio furniture, as well as your garden tools and other items in your shed, including plant food; maybe even the shed itself.
Think about the New Garden
How is the orientation there – is it similar to yours in some ways? Is there ample sunlight? How about the space – is it sufficient to accommodate the plants you plan to move?
If the current owners of the home (where applicable) have a garden of their own, it is good to know in advance of the move. That’s because they might decide to leave everything behind, leaving you with plenty of vegetation to deal with.
One thing we always recommend is to take cuttings of your favorite plants with you for propagation at your new home. The upside to this is that it allows you to move independent plants in small containers, reducing the risk of damage or plant inability to survive transplantation.
Plus, it helps slash your moving bill, not to mention, you will have a gardening project to look forward to!
Do Moving Companies Transport Plants?
Earlier, we hinted about discussing the possibility of moving your plants with your preferred moving company.
It is important not to overlook this because not everyone moves plants. The last thing you’d want is to sign up with a mover only to realize on moving day that they don’t move plants! That would be a sinking feeling. An absolute bummer.
For those movers that do, it is also important to talk about their transportation procedure as the back of a moving truck is not the best setting for plants, more so the fragile ones.
If you have a vehicle you will be moving with, consider transporting them yourself. Unless, of course, you have no doubts about the mover’s ability to get them to the destination in one piece.