Top Tips for Moving the Plants in Your Yard to Another State

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When it comes to moving to a new house, everyone and their mom has an opinion on how you can pack your belongings, save space and even keep your pets calm during the move.

What all these well-meaning folks can’t help you with is moving your yard. If you’ve put a lot of time and effort into cultivating a beautiful yard, then you’ll want to take it with you when you move, even if you’re travelling to a new state.

With so many precious plants with different needs, however, it can be hard to figure out how to move your yard and keep it as intact as is physically possible.

To help you make moving your yard to a new state easy, here are some practical tips from those who’ve already done it themselves.

Learn About The Soil In Your New State

When moving to a new state, it’s important to remember that not only will your new home be different, your plant’s home will be different, too. The soil they live in could be considerably different from what they’re used to, so you need to learn about the soil types prevalent in each state. You can then use your research to find out which plants will thrive in your new yard, and which might need a little extra help.

And The Climate, Too

In addition to learning about the soil, you also need to find out about the climate in the state where you’ll be living. Some of your plants may not be able to cope in the new environment and soil, so you should consider bringing them indoors or leaving them in your old yard for the new homeowners to enjoy. Whatever you decide, it’s crucial that you make an informed decision that helps you to create a glorious natural yard where your plants can thrive.

Find An Experienced Moving Company

When moving your plants to a new state, you’ll want to collaborate with a moving company that has experience helping clients to relocate to this area. You can find companies that help with everything from packing to assisting you with relocating your plants. That means you’ll be able to use their team’s local knowledge to your advantage.

Repot Your Plants in Preparation of Your Move

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Any plants that live in the ground need to be potted before you can move them. If your plants are already in pots, then you should repot them in fresh soil before you move. Try to use the smallest possible pot for each plant, so that you do not have to transport a lot of excess soil. You can repot the plants as soon as you move them into your new yard, so don’t worry about stunting their growth; they won’t be in small pots for long.

Pack Your Plants Securely

Packing your plants ready for your move is similar to packing fragile items of furniture. You need to secure any of the plant’s limbs using zip ties, rubber bands or twine. Whatever you choose, make sure that you loosely bind the limbs of the plant together, so that they don’t break off and can be transported safely. Put the plants in large containers, like boxes or bags.

Don’t Crowd Your Plants

Be careful that you don’t put too many plants into one container, as they could bang against each other during the long journey to their new home. Pack enough plants into each container so that they all stand up well next to each other, but not so many that they jostle or have very little space to shift in transit.

Give Them Moisture

During a long journey across the country, your plants are going to need to be kept fresh and moist. If you don’t keep your plants moist, then they may dry out and take a long time to recover, or even die. However, you also need to be careful that you don’t overwater your plants, as this will leave them open to rot. A great compromise is to moisten a sponge and place it on the bottom of the plant’s pot. It will be able to soak up any moisture that it needs, as and when it needs it.

Landscape Your New Yard Before You Arrive

Create a rough plan for the layout of your new yard before you arrive, so that you can quickly get on with the important job of getting your plants settled into their new home. Landscaping a yard remotely requires skill and the layout plans for your new yard, which you can get from your realtor. Having a rough plan ready will save you time and give your plants the chance to get acclimatized to their new environment.

Moving your plants to your new home can be a challenge, especially if you’re moving to a new state. Follow these tips to make your move easy and stress-free.

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