Tips For Efficiently Moving Your Plants

Moving house? and are you going to miss your beloved established garden. It's important to be clear to your agent if wish to remove any trees, shrubs or flowers from your garden to . This will avoid any upset from the new owners and possible legal action.

Unfortunately, many plants such as natives plants will not tolerate a move, but many shrubs, bulbs and perennials will cope fine. If you are moving interstate, take into account that some states such have prohibited plant imports without and quarantine certificate.

  • Large established plants and trees are going to be difficult to move, their size and weight makes them awkward and heavy to handle. Any plant larger than 1 meter tall is going to have a large root ball. So if the plant or tree you want to move grows well from a clipping, it may be a better idea to do this and start a fresh in your new garden. For smaller plants you can carefully remove from the ground and place it in a pot for easy transport.

  • For larger plants, it's a good idea to prepare them for the removalist company a month or two in advance. Simply dig a trench around the root system, severing any larger roots, this allows new smaller and finer roots to regrow, making it easier for you plant to adapt when re-planted in its new garden. After you have dug the trench, simply fill with sand or compost. Give regular water during this time. When the day the movers arrives simply dig under the root ball and slip some tarp or plastic sheeting under it and wrap it to protect the root system. Use string or thin rope to tie the tarp to the base of the tree. Once you have moved, keep the plant in a cool shady spot to recover from stress before replanting. Once your plant has been placed in its new garden, be sure to give regular watering and it's also a good idea to place a screen or shade cloth around it to protect it from the weather while it settles into its new location.

  • If you are moving your potted plants, make sure you prune them a week or two in advance to avoid any breakages. Treating them for any pests is also a good idea. Make sure you check for any cracks or corrosion on your pots before moving, you may have to re-pot any that are so your plants do not end up in a messy heap on the ground.

  • For moving houseplants, complete any pruning and pest control and drain any excess water and pack them in a plastic lined box. Make sure you don't over pack as the box will quickly get heavy. For larger houseplants, wrap the pots in plastic or place it in a large rubbish type plastic bag, this will help contain any soil spillage. You can also gently wrap the plant itself to help protect it from damage.

  • Tie wooden stakes, bamboo or cane supports to any of your indoor or outdoor plants that may require extra support for when the removalists move them.

  • We wish you and your plants well during your move and hope these tips have come in handy for you. Always keep an eye on your plants in their new environment, whether that be indoor, outdoor or in a new garden, after you move. Moving is always a good opportunity to start a new garden landscape.