It’s hard to think about moving a garden without thinking about the possibility of killing your plants. But working hard to ensure that your garden is moved safely will be worth it as you won’t have to worry about the months of hard work wasted cultivating your plants from moving homes.

Summer is the best season to relocate those plants because the dry, winter weather can affect the roots of a plant when you uproot it. Reserve several weeks before the moving day to tend to your plants and shrubs by removing all the dead leaves around your plants. You may want to think about spray products that can contribute to maintaining the overall health of your plants. If you’re thinking about moving your garden in the spring with the rest of your house, you’ll need to consider the hot air drying up your plants once they’ve been uprooted. Prepare a temporary plot for your plants so they don’t die in the process of being moved.

Transplanting is an easy and convenient way to maintain your garden if you’re moving plants over a very short distance. You can transplant any plant that can survive the winter and when it’s not blooming. When it’s dormant, transplanting the plant is the best time. When transplanting, dig a few inches around the plant with a shovel and loosen it up. Water the plant immediately before digging it up so the soil can be moistened. Then go all the way around it and lift the plant up. An alternative is to dig a “ring” around the plant with a shovel a few inches down and taking the plant out that way. Once you’ve dug up the plant, put the plant into a container immediately as they don’t like to be out for very long. Meanwhile, it would be good to design your new garden so you’ll know exactly where to place your plants in their new home. Creating a sort of “garden plan” will help you consider factors such as environment, atmosphere and spacing.

When you re-plant it, make the hole at least six inches bigger than the plant you’re planting. Make sure to trim the roots of the plant and then cover the roots. Make sure there’s about three inches of soil on top over the roots. In order to retain the right amount of water for your plants, it’s best to mix your soil with peat moss or wood chips.

During the actual transporting process, make sure that plants are the last to go on the truck/car and the first to come off upon arrival. You can pack your plants in large sturdy containers or high quality moving boxes. Depending on the types and number of plants you want to move, some moving companies might not want to move them. Then you would have to find a specialty moving company. It is recommended for you to consider professional planters if you are looking at relocating your trees and bigger shrubs. Lastly, don’t forget to organize your garden tools before moving them. Pack the smaller tools in a toolbox and wrap your sharper-edged tools with an adequate amount of bubble wrap. Moving your plants and garden accessories can require a lot of careful and arduous work, but it’s worth it in the end!