Your garden is a prized possession that you have to spend countless hours lovingly nurturing, tending to and forming memories of hard work and enjoyment. If you’re planning a house move, a beautifully cultivated outdoor space is one of the big sells to prospective buyers, so your garden may even have helped sell your house, with studies estimating that a well-maintained garden can add 10-15% onto the purchase price. But do you have to leave it all behind when you move? What about rare and unusual plants, or ones that have sentimental value for you?
Deciding on a Planting Plan
There are two considerations at stake if you do choose to transplant some elements of your garden. The first is the place you are leaving behind. The plants in your garden are classed as part of the fixtures and fittings of the property sale, so if you dig everything up, you could be in for a legal headache. If there are particular plants, shrubs or potted plants that you’re planning to remove, its best to agree on this with the purchases in advance by specifying on the fixtures and fittings list that they will be going with you. This avoids any undue stress when it comes to moving day. If it’s a significant undertaking, like removing a fruit tree, make sure you dig it up correctly of you could be introducing honey fungus, vine weevils and other nasties for the new owners to deal with.
Also, take the time to think about your new space. – The type of soil, shading and light and the size of your new garden all need to be factored in. A garden’s microclimate can make for very different growing conditions for your prize plant. On top of that, seasons can really play into transplanting – your move is ideally timed for October-February as this is a dormant season.
Once your moving date is set, adjust your maintenance work in the garden with a view to the plants you’re planning to take with you. Start pruning down climbers and trees to make them more manageable for transport, start a mini portable greenhouse with cuttings from your favourite specimens, and re-pot with good quality compost. Work with a great Moving Company and take care to let them know in advance how many plants you have to transport – they can take up a lot of room in the removals van.
On The Day
When moving day comes, wrap up the root balls in damp cotton wool, and a plastic bag or bubble wrap to keep the soil moist. Use cane supports to strengthen delicate plants for the van ride, and mist them gently with a water spray. Line boxes with plastic sheeting to keep plants insulated in cold weather and pack out the gaps between the pots with scrunched up newspaper or spare bubble wrap. Make sure all boxes are labelled as delicate and that your moving team know they contain plants and not to stack things on top of them.
Good luck with the move!