Tips For Preparing Plants For A Move

Summer is one of the busiest moving seasons. If you have a move scheduled in the summer with the assistance of your local moving company, then you want to make sure that all of your belongings are prepared and ready to go. This includes preparing your plants if you decide to take them with you. There are a few things you will want to do to keep the plants alive throughout your travels. Keep reading to find out what these things are. 

Soak the Plant

Rooted plants that sit in the soil of your yard are susceptible to drought during the dry summer months. If your soil is already a bit dry, then your plants may wilt and die during transport. To make sure this does not happen, soak your plants one full day before the move is scheduled. A deep soak is required, so the deepest roots can absorb the water they need. This means using your hose to water the plant for at least 5 to 10 minutes. Do this in the morning so the plant can absorb the water before the sun comes out and dries out the earth. 

Along with watering before the move, you may need to provide water during the move itself. However, you need to make sure that you do not over-water the plants or this can encourage the growth of mold and mildew on the roots and the leaves. 

Ask your movers to stop the moving truck at least once a day if it is a long-distance move. Use your fingers to check the soil to see if it is damp or dry. If it is dry, then add just enough water to moisten the soil. 

Dig Up the Plant at Night

It is wise to dig up the plant and repot it a bit before your move. If you have watered your plant thoroughly the morning before the move day, then you should dig it up and place it in a pot that evening. This will give the plant a bit of time to settle before it is placed in the moving truck. When digging up the plant, make sure to stick your shovel in the ground about two feet from the plant itself. Create a two foot perimeter around it and also underneath so you do not disturb the roots. 

Once you complete the digging, use your shovel to gently scoop up the plant from the bottom of the root ball. You want to quickly place the plant in either a large pot or a burlap sack. You want the root to be exposed to the air only for a few seconds, because exposure can kill the roots. Make sure all roots are covered with loose soil after the repotting is completed. 

When placing the plant in the back of the moving truck, place some large rocks or bricks around the pot to keep it from tipping over.

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