Leaf It to the Experts: Plant Transportation

Red Carpet Moving Company understands a new home or office space doesn’t feel as cozy without all your furniture, electronics, and decorations. It is possible to move your outdoor furnishings, too, and we’re not talking about lawn gnomes and flamingos. If properly done, you can safely move trees and shrubbery and minimize transplant shock.

So when you pull up to your new home or work building, you can find a shady spot underneath your big oak tree or enjoy lunch next to your favorite rose bushes. Here are some methods to perform plant transportation while avoiding transplant shock so you can make your new space feel familiar from the inside out.

Leaf It to the Experts: Plant Transportation

How to Relocate a Plant

Get down to the roots

Just like feeling homesick is normal for people after a move, transplant shock is natural and expected in plants when you move them. The key to shortening this period of shock while moving with plants is proper root pruning. If you expect to move within the next few months or a year, decide on the leafy soldiers you don’t want to leave behind and start to prune their roots.

Plants die from transportation if you uproot them too quickly. The roots furthest away from the tree are the strongest and contain feeder roots. These roots take on the job of absorbing most of the necessary nutrients and water. Slowly pruning the roots encourages the plant to create new, strong feeder roots.

Don’t soil the transplanting

After the roots have properly been pruned, don’t soil all your hard work by simply digging up the tree or plant. Transplant shock can still occur if the new feeder roots are destroyed during a move. Encompass the plant with a large trench, and assure all the feeder roots are in track. Heavy machinery may be required to lift the tree out of the ground by the soil ball.

Once safely removed from the ground, secure the soil ball in burlap. You’ll want to keep the roots moist, but not too wet, which can cause rot. Know where you want to place the plant in your new home or office space and have the hole ready. After planting it in its new home, the plant will need some TLC to watch for signs and symptoms of transplant shock.

Leaf It to the Experts

If your plants are important to you, don’t risk transplant shock caused by sloppy handy work. Leaf the big plant moves to the experts at Red Carpet Moving Company. We have all the machinery necessary to make a successful plant transplantation.

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