You have sold your house but love your garden that you have invested years planting specific varieties of plants and foliage to develop the garden into a special place away from the hustle and bustle of every day life.
But should you really take the garden with you when you move?
The simple answer to this is Not really unless you have discussed this with your buyer it would be unfair to show your buyer the house with a lovely garden and then once sold remove the garden.
Some gardens will often contain rare plants that your buyer has taken a liking to and could have been a major influence in their decision to purchase your property the appeal of an established garden could easily add up to 15 % to the value of your home.
If your buyer agrees you should make it clear exactly what plants you will take and make a list that you both agree to.
Deciding what plants you can take.
Some plants are quite delicate and do not move very well so its a good idea to make sure if you are going to move all the conditions are the best the can possibly be.
Soil Types – The soil in your new garden may need to have a certain acidity or alkaline level to actually support the plants that you intend to move if these levels are incorrect it could mean the plants will die.
A little bit of research and a test kit from the local garden center will confirm the type of soil required by the plant and the type of soil available in your new garden.
Consider the Orientation – South facing gardens get an awful amount of sun and not much shade so always ensure you check if the location is going to suit your plants.
When to Move – Most plants stop growing between the months of October – February and this really is the best time to make the move however at this time of year people tend not to be in the moving frame of mind so finding a buyer and seller may be a little bit more of a challenge. Bear in mind if you have to move your plants at other times this may result in the plants not surviving the move.
Consider the Size of Your Garden – Its all very well moving your shrubs trees and plants but if the garden in your new property is not big enough then ultimately the plants will suffer! Its a good idea to plan your garden this will guide you on what will work and what wont, gardening is hard work and time consuming so its better to plan ahead and get it right first time.
Plan Your Move – As soon as you have a found your new house and your offer has been accepted you need to start preparing your garden.
If you cant dig up the whole plant because its too big take some cuttings and start growing new plants.
If your plants are in pots and they really need re potting why not do it now the fresh compost will give the plants a good start for the move.
If you have large plants and the time of year is good for pruning, prune them back to make them more manageable.
Removal company needs to Know
Don’t forget to show your removal company the plants you intend to move so the space can be allowed for in the removal vehicles! Plants are fragile so they cant be stacked hence they take up a lot of space also be aware your removers insurance will not cover loss or damage to your plants.
Forward Planning for moving day.
Before the big moving day there will have a fair bit of work to do in order to be as prepared as possible, with the ultimate goal of a completely stress free house removal.
Approximately 7 days before your planned removal its a good idea to begin the removal of the plant pots to the garage or car port somewhere covered this will give the soil chance to dry out a little bit making them not only lighter and more manageable but any water wont drip on your furniture.
Bear in mind pots and planters can get rotten and frost damaged, your removal company will always handle them with as much care as possible, but they wont be held liable if they fall to bits when moved.
If you doubt the integrity of your pots it may be a good idea to take the contents out of the pot and transport them in a suitable temporary container. Plants should be pruned if there are any branches that could poke the removal man in the eye especially thorny plants.
Digging up plants on moving day.
Plants being dug up should ideally have the root ball wrapped or bagged if its winter or a frosty time of year you can wrap foam sheeting, bubble wrap or even old blankets can be cut into pieces and wrapped around the root ball and secured with a cable tie or string to keep secure to help prevent any frost damage.
small potted plants can be placed together in boxes to keep them safe ensure you choose a box that will be of an adequate site to allow for any foliage and supporting canes to be kept within the box to avoid unnecessary damage, do not water its far better to spray with a little water and keep them in the shade.
Making sure Indoor plants are ready to be moved.
Indoor plants need a little bit of care when moving and its a good idea to make sure you have boxes of adequate sizes to take the whole plant including supporting canes.
You can use plastic storage containers or alternatively if you are on a budget you can get away with using cardboard boxes lined with a polythene sheet or bin liners, its better if the box has a lid that can close and don’t forget to drain excess water before packing and label box Fragile House Plants.
As with all your items your plants will be handled with the greatest of care to avoid damage however plants are extremely fragile and will not be covered by your house removers insurance policy, therefore the transportation of plants are done solely at the owners risk .
Arrival at the new garden – Priority for Garden Plants.
Plants from the old garden should be replanted as soon as possible in the new garden, if however this is not possible you should heel them in and give them a watering and some feed to give them a boost! Don’t forget to get the watering can out daily especially in dry conditions as the plants are going to need as much attention as possible to help them recover from the move.
House plants should be left in the boxes until the removal team has finished this will avoid accidental damage as well as keeping them free from drafts try and position them in similar surroundings for example in a sunny window or a shady corner if that’s what they are used to.
Obviously you cant really store garden plants or indoor plants in a warehouse as the conditions will be totally unsuitable and they would probably die through lack of water. Ideally they need to be stored in a similar environment to which they have been removed from, this could be a friends garden or allotment or a family members garden however if this is not an option you may find a storage center may be willing to help out if they have some available outside space.