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How To Move Your Garden


Moving from one to house to another can be tedious and extremely stressful for non-gardeners, but for those who consider the garden as important as their home—they are likely to suffer more. As much as a kitchen lover would say “Is this kitchen big enough?” The gardener will also ask “Will my fuschias be able to grow here?”

Leaving a garden that has been planned for and nurtured for years can be devastating. But like every new house, there are always opportunities to establish a new garden in your new home, leaving behind the old one for someone else to take care of.

If you however want to move and take your garden along, winter is the best time to do it. This is because plants are dormant, and they grow slowly during winter months making it possible to dig them up without damaging them, and transporting to their new home. Cooler temperatures equate to lesser stress for plants when on the move and to you as well. Ideally a garden is easier to move when it is slumbering.

Moving your garden is generally a risky affair, and plants may respond differently to the change. The following guide will help boost your plant’s potential to establish firm roots in the new garden.

Temporary Nursery

It’s an established trend that most people relocate during summer months. As previously mentioned, this is a bad time to uproot plants because the weather may affect the roots. In order to ensure your plants thrive in their new home, create a temporary plot well in advance. Dig trenches to host your plants when they arrive.

Uprooting Process

Prior to uprooting your plants, moisten the roots by watering the soil. Dig rings around the plants using a sharp shovel ensuring that you retain as much dirt as possible. Wrap up the root ball in moist burlap sack and put in a planter or bucket.

If you are not certain on how much to dig around your plants, measure approximately a foot from the trunk’s base. From there, using inches, measure the diameter of the trunk, and multiply that number by 18. The answer is how wide the root ball should be.

Packing for the Move

Plants should be the last to hop on the van, and the first to leave. Secure the bucket or planter to avoid slides and slips. After you arrive, cut off any damaged roots, and put the plants in the already dug up and watered trenches.

Nurturing and Growth

To ensure optimum water retention in the trenches, mix wood chips or peat moss with soil.

Moving a garden is always risky, but if you are adamant about taking it with you; you have better chances of succeeding in your zealous effort by using professional movers like Olympus moving & Storage, not only for your garden but your valuables too.


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