Grace New Zealand Blog

When it’s time to move house, the garden might be the last thing you think about. However, there is definitely money to be saved by taking your plants with you, especially if your new garden is bare.

The first thing to do is decide which plants you are going to take with you. Potted plants are certainly easier to transport but that doesn’t mean you can’t take some of your garden plants as well.

Before choosing plants to relocate, it’s important to find out about the soil type and the climate in your new garden, as the growing conditions may affect which plants you decide to bring. You may want to consider taking some seeds or cuttings from your favourite plants rather than transporting the whole plant.

Moving plants locally is something Grace Removals does on a regular basis and is fairly easy to do, but longer distance moves do require some added preparation, starting from about 1-2 weeks prior to moving day.

In order to give your plants the best chance of survival:

  • Prune back any excess foliage where possible.
  • Tie together any branches that overhang to avoid them snapping off during the move.
  • For large plants/trees that are potted in ceramic terracotta pots, it is a good idea to remove the plants from their pots. Protect the roots by wrapping them in hessian or plastic.
  • Give plants a good soaking with water at least two days prior to the move day to ensure adequate drainage time.
  • If you can, pack smaller/hanging plants into moving boxes to ensure ease of handling and best possible protection. Larger plants will be handled by your Grace Removals crews on the day of move.
  • If you are moving plants from the garden, it’s a good idea to do this on the day of the move. Carefully dig out as much of the root system as possible. Then place a sheet of hessian or plastic underneath the plant and wrap it around the root-ball.
  • Treat plants for pests and disease before the move, this way you don’t bring any nasty bugs to your new garden.

While there is much to do on arrival at your new home, make your plants a priority. Remove the plastic immediately, take the plants out of their boxes and give them some water and plant food.

Take time to observe any garden plants that you plant at your new home. Difference in soil, climate and air quality will have an effect on their health. Keep a watch on their progress and call in some local help if you’re having problems.