How to prepare plants for relocation
Relocating your entire household to another home may have a few extra steps if you plan on taking all of your plants with you. As plants are living things, they do not conform to regular packing procedures. You are going to need to provide them with special care. Since most moving companies do not deal in the transportation of plants or pets, this is a task that you will need to tend to by yourself. To start with, you will need to select which plants to take with you. As a professional company with experience, Peasley Moving & Storage can and will still offer you all the knowledge you might need to prepare plants for relocation.
Seven steps to success when it comes to relocating plants
- Choose the plants you want to take with you
- Prepare plants for relocation a few weeks in advance
- Plan ahead for plants that require digging up
- Make sure there are no pests and weeds
- Put them into plastic bins the day before moving
- Take utmost care while transporting them
- Close the boxes right before the move
1. Carefully choose which plants to take with you
The first thing that you need to do, in order to prepare for your relocation, is to select what plants will be making the trip. This will easily dictate all your further efforts. Despite professional moving services Boise ID not including plant relocation, you will have the insight you need to tend to this process on your own. Be weary, however, that this is not a process that you can finish within one hour. First of all, you need to evaluate the needs of your new home and not to overburden it with the plants that you have. This means that you need to figure out the best layout, plant locations, etc. And all of this takes time. Give your plants proper consideration, and relocating them will be a lot easier.
2. Start preparing plants for relocation a few weeks in advance
Once you figure out which plants will be making the trip, it is time to prepare them for the journey ahead. For this, you are going to need to make sure that they have all the nutrients they require as well as being as healthy as they can, prior to the move. Remember, you can’t store plants in storage units Boise Idaho, so you will need to have them prepared for any situation. The healthier your plants are at the start of the trip, the better. You don’t need to pamper them. Three weeks in advance is a good time to start preparing them for the road. Make sure that you have all that they need. That is something you can prepare even earlier.
3. Plan ahead for those plants that require digging up
Some plants are going to need to be dug up before you can relocate them. These specimens warrant further consideration as relocating them is not as easy as picking them up and moving them to their new home. You are going to need specialty moving boxes, as well. This is a process that you need to begin well ahead of the moving date, a couple of months ahead, even. The first thing that you are going to need is some burlap. You will put the plants somewhere cool and shady after wrapping them. Make sure that the root ball is moist but not wet.
When it comes to moving them, you will need to pay attention to move them as fast as you can, from the moment you uproot them. They will be just fine in the moving truck for a limited amount of time but shortening the time they are not in the ground is going to be a priority.
4. Make sure there are no pests and weeds
Approximately one week before the moving day, you will need to eliminate all the pests and weeds from your plants. You don’t want to be carrying these to your new home with you. The best way to do this is to place an anti-pest strip in an opaque plastic bag with your plants. You need to be careful when dealing with pest strips, though, as they can have adverse effects if misused. Leave both the plant and the strip overnight and remove the bag in the morning.
5. Put the plants into plastic bins the day before moving
The best containers for plant transport are plastic bins. Pad them with a damp newspaper or packing paper before placing your plants in them. Use additional paper to protect the leaves, as well. Finally, use another thin, damp, layer of paper over each of the plants in order to provide even more protection.
6. Take utmost care while transporting them
But the absolute best way to transport plants is to secure them properly in your vehicle before transporting them. You might also consider consulting with professional landscaping companies on how best to transport large plants and small trees. They know all the best methods of keeping every plant safe while in transport.
7. Close the boxes right before the move
You never want to keep your plants in closed boxes until you really have to. The best time to close the boxes is right before your movers arrive. Make sure that they have plenty of oxygen by punching holes on several sides of their containers. You also want to give the plants some additional moisture by spraying them before you close the lid. Your plants should be the last items that are going inside the truck and the first to come out. When taking them out of the box, try to place them in darker areas. You can gradually introduce them to brighter light in a few days.