You’re Moving, but What About your Garden?

November 23, 2015

Moving to a new home can be an exciting fresh start – particularly when it comes to gardening. But what if it’s breaking your heart to leave that peony your grandmother gave you in your old garden? Can you bring it with you? Here are a few things to consider before getting out the shovel.

It is important to know your perennials before deciding to move them. Do some research and be aware of how easily your perennials take to being transplanted. For instance, daylilies are quite adaptable and will transplant extremely well. But oriental poppies, on the other hand, may not do so well being uprooted. It may turn out that the plant you desire to take with you would be better off undisturbed, rather than risk it not surviving the move. Also, if you’re moving to a different plant hardiness zone, will your plants survive there? Being knowledgeable of your plants needs will help the move go smoothly.

Don’t leave gaping holes in your flowerbeds. As you will want to dig a fair ways around your plants to leave the root balls undisturbed, the result will be fairly obvious holes in the garden. Make sure you replace those prized plants you’ve removed with other suitable plants. An empty garden is not a great selling feature. One thing to consider would be dividing the perennials you will be taking with you, thereby leaving some for the new owners to enjoy. This is a more cost effective way to fill those holes than by buying all new plants.

If a feature in your real estate listing is “beautiful established perennial gardens”, you’re better off leaving your gardens undisturbed. And if you’ve already sold your house, by rights those plants now belong to the buyer of your house. Something to consider would be to exclude the plants you know you want to take with you from your homes real estate listing. Or dig the plants you want to take with you out before you list your house, and care for them in pots until you’re ready to move. Keep the pots out of the hot sun, and water regularly.

Once you move into your new home, make sure you get your plants in the ground as quickly as possible. Using a fertilizer specifically formulated for transplanting will help your plants roots to take hold in their new home.

A little preparation and some TLC is all it takes to successfully bring your favourite perennials with you to your new home. Before you know it, your grandmother’s peony will be flourishing in your new garden! Happy moving…..and gardening!

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