It is very common for gardeners to get attached to their plants. Though starting a new garden is an exciting venture, we still usually want to carry part of the old garden with us. This post discusses ideas on how you can safely move those plants that you love and treasure to a new location.
One of the best ways to move plants is to dig up the plants (preferably in the evening) and transferring them into the largest container that you can find with as much soil as possible still attached to the roots of the plants. Prior to uprooting the plants, you should ensure that you have watered them really. After transferring the plants to a container, you should leave them in a shade for at least a few days.
There is another method of relocating plants that can be used for all types of flora. You should dig a trench of at least 6 inches at the base of the plant you want to move that also goes to between 12 and 18 inches deep. When digging the trench, you should slice the root system of the plant using a very sharp shovel and then fill the trench with compost. By doing this, the root ball of the plump will become smaller, stronger and easier to remove. If you are going to use this process to move your plants, you should do it between 1 and 3 months before you have to transfer the plant.
Some plants such as liriope and monkey grass can be dug up immediately and their roots sliced into sections that can be immediately replanted without any negative consequences occurring. Prior to replanting, all plants should be inspected for damaged stems. If there are any damaged stems, they should be removed using clean shears.
After arriving at your new location, it is best to plant the trans-located plants in the evening. If it is during winter, you should keep the plants in pots until the season passes. For proper growth, you should ensure that the plants have access to sunlight and good drainage.
Whether you are going to transplant your plants immediately or leave them in a pot for a period of time, you should ensure that they are in a shade as you are removing them from their original location and replanting them. When replanting, you should first dig a hole that is twice the original diameter and fill it with compost and water. After this, you are now ready to replant your plant. If there is hot weather in your new location, you may need to water your plant frequently. If you are moving trees or large plants, it is best to carry out this process in the late fall or early spring. The plants should have a huge root ball. Further, it is usually best to warp the root ball in burlap as you are moving. Remember that the larger the plant, the larger you need to make the root ball. You should then replant the plant in a large hole and ensure that it is well watered.
Relocating plants to a new area however close is a huge risk. Moving plants to an area with a different soil topography and climate is even riskier. Deciding whether it is worth the risk and move your favorite plants is a personal decision. In most instances, it is a great decision. Over the years, there are a lot of people who have successfully relocated to a new area with their garden and plants. If they did, so can you. Contact us at Burnett’s Moving Services an see how we can help you move with your favorite plants.