Greater Vancouver Moving Tips: Moving with Plants and Trees Guide

You have probably spent some time taking care for your garden plants, trees and indoor potted plants. You are so attached to them, you rather leave anything else, but them. However, some of the most difficult items to move are exactly the indoor plants, especially garden plants and trees.

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Here is a guide for moving with plants to or from Greater Vancouver, BC or elsewhere in Canada that will present every step of the way. If you are wondering how to move with plants and trees there is help coming.

Before you decide to move with your plants, there’re 3 questions to be answered:

  1. If you are using a self moving service: Will you be able to carry and pack your plants properly?

  2. If you are using the services of a Greater Vancouver moving company: Will the company allow moving plants? Will your plants be insured by the company of damages?

    Be aware that most moving companies have no insurance policy about plants. When you a looking for a reliable Greater Vancouver moving company – bring up the issue when contacting them. You can also read their past customers’ moving reviews of how people moved successfully with plants and which moving company in Greater Vancouver did they choose.

  3. If you are moving with plants out of BC, across Canada or internationally: Will the country/state laws allow the exact plant to be imported? There may be restrictions regarding pests and insects control in the state or country you are moving in. There may be restrictions in respect of the soil and atmosphere needs of your plants. If you are not aware of their specifics, contact your gardener and do some research yourself.

Preparation Tips for Moving with Plants and Trees:

  • Few weeks before your moving day prune the shrubs and trees. This will reinforce the plant’s health and ease your move by not letting brunches to stick out unwelcoming.
  • Best time of year to move garden plants is late fall, because in that time that the plants usually stop growing. The plants are ready for hibernation period, and are easy to adapt to new conditions.
  • Make an inclusion around the drip line (the maximum extension of the canopy of the shrub) to preserve the root ball. Use a spade shovel and free carefully the roots before you extract the shrub of the tree entirely.
  • Contain the pulled plant in a dustbin liner or a plastic pot, tided at the top, use rod to fasten the plant’s stem stamina.
  • When replanting dig a hole in the new area twice as big as the root ball of the plant. Before that, make sure that the ground is weeded and tilled to a depth of approximately 18 inches. You may also mulch the loosen soil with compost or peat. Place the plant in way that the top of the root ball of the plant matches the original ground level.
  • If you are moving in late fall don’t water the replanted shrub too much. In other case use ways like trickle irrigation because the plant in the new conditions will need deep watering to ease plant’s adaptation.

Moving with Indoor Plants

  • Re-pot your house plants to plastic containers a few weeks before your moving day, so your plants have time to adjust. If you don’t have plastic containers, make sure that the ceramic or stone containers are not broken.
  • After re-potting your plants, find a suitable box. Wind the pot into bubble wrap, tided it in plastic bag and stuff with rumpled paper or styrofoam peanuts to be sure.
  • An option is dustbin liner or plastic sacks. If you don’t want to re-pot your indoor plants, they can be placed there and replanted after transportation. Always make holes for the plants to breathe through the plastic. In that case after you move you should replant and pot them as soon as possible.
  • Strengthen the stem with additional rod if it is necessary. Fasten it well to prevent the plant to sway.
  • If you don’t think your plans will survive the journey, talk with friends or with the new owners of your house / apartment, to see if they can take care of your plants.
  • If your luggage is traveling separately and you are traveling in your own vehicle you can take plants with you. If you are staying in hotels during the travel, make sure the outside temperature doesn’t affect your plants. If that’s so, take the plants with you indoors.

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