7 tips to make it easier to part with your garden
How do you say goodbye to your garden when you move? According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 12% of Americans, or 1 in 9, will move this year, many leaving beautiful, well-tended gardens behind. These 7 tips will ease the transition and help you take some of what you love with you, including plants, ideas and inspiration for your new garden.
- Make a record of the garden you're leaving.
Take notes about the garden you’re leaving, including details about what you've planted: how it succeeded, or didn't, which plants or combinations you loved best, hardscape materials and designs. Gather seed packages, plant catalogs, plant labels, seed stakes, and garden journals.
- Take photos, videos or both.
Capture plant combinations that worked particularly well in video and photos. You'll want to remember how plants looked at different times in their lives and different times of the year.
- Describe design elements and hardscape.
Make notes of the things you like, including design elements and hardscape. Did a patio come out especially well? Did you build raised garden beds you really loved? Take photos and make notes of particularly successful, or unsuccessful, design elements. Also, document all gardening projects in process.
- What about wildlife?
Which plants attracted the most butterflies? What was the late-blooming flower that made migrating hummingbirds return to sip its nectar? What about the bulbs that were always full of tiny native bees in early spring? Which plants did the cottontails munch to the ground?
- Research your new planting zone and garden site.
Get an idea of how different your new location will be from your current one. Is it in the same USDA plant hardiness zone? To find your ecoregion on the EPA's general map of the U.S., click on the region that includes your state, and then find your ecoregion from the more detailed map.
- Identify favorite plants in your existing garden.
Once you have an idea of the conditions for your new garden, decide which plants in your current garden will thrive in your new place. Then do some research. Familiarize yourself with any restrictions on transporting plants from one region to another. The National Plant Boardis a place to start.
- Take care of your selections before and during the move.
If you're bringing plants in pots, keep them watered and comfortable; not too hot or too cold. Most moving companies won't take live plants, but they will move pots with dormant plants, so make sure your plants have what they need to survive the trip.
For more tips on saying goodbye to your garden, read this article in Realty Times. If you’re considering listing your home, check out my previous blog with a number of real estate trends that attract buyers. Sellers in Montecito, Hope Ranch or any of Santa Barbara’s upscale communities are welcome to call me at 805.886.9378 or email me at Cristal@montecito-estate.com Buyers can also find out what’s available in the area by visiting my website.
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