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Transplanting During the Summer

Our real estate agents know one of the best reasons to own a home is to have a garden or lawn for planting your favorite flowers, veggies, or fruits. A garden is great for hours of enjoyment all throughout the year. Plenty of Southport homes for sale offer ample space for any gardener to get started.

Even true "green thumbs" can find themselves slowing down a little on outdoor chores during the heat of summer. But sometimes, a plant simply won't wait: For one reason or another, you need to transplant it right away.

It's true, the summer is the most challenging season to transplant most plants. With a little ingenuity, however, you'll soon have it all settled in its new location.

That's right: You can transplant plants any time of year, even in the heat of summer.

The challenge is simple. Plants quickly become stressed when they're relocated in the summer. Prolonged shock and exposure to the elements can make them wilt. With that in mind, it's vital to move them quickly and carefully. They'll also need a bit of special care afterwards.

Here's how to do it right:

  1. Prepare the New Planting Site First
    Before you start digging your plants, be sure the new planting site is ready to go. Once the roots are out of soil, minutes count for keeping your plant safe. Your main goals are to protect the root ball and get roots back into soil as soon as you can.
  2. Choose the Ideal Time
    If replanting in the summer is inevitable, you can still time it right. Do your work early in the morning, preferably on an overcast day. Good timing will help you avoid the worst of the heat. That makes the process much more forgiving to your plants.
  3. Use the Right Soil and Mulch
    Moist, nutrient-rich soil is essential for keeping your plants from experiencing shock. If you are transplanting into a pot, be sure you have good soil and that the pot is the right size. If transplanting to another spot in the garden, have fresh, organic mulch ready.
  4. Dig Your Plants Carefully
    When digging your plants, try to work fast and get as much root as possible. Soil helps to protect the plants during your move. The more root you preserve, the easier it will be for your plants to get re-established. That's crucial for the plant to thrive in the weeks ahead.
  5. Wrap Up Your Roots if You Can't Replant Immediately
    If you are prevented from replanting right after you dig, or your plant needs to travel a long distance, it will need extra protection. You can wrap up the roots of trees, shrubs, and many larger plants in burlap. Burlap has special qualities, allowing it to absorb water and promote oxygen flow to the roots.
  6. Prune and Replant Smart
    At your new planting location, give your plant a quick once-over. Inspect it for visible damage, cut off any broken leaves or branches with a sharp pair of garden pruners, and get it back into the soil.
  7. Take Some Extra Steps to Retain Moisture
    Replanting during the summer raises the risk of transplant shock, caused by disturbing a root system. Provide plenty of water in the first month after transplanting. A 4-inch layer of mulch is a great way to retain moisture.

Plants aren't the only things that need to move once in a while! For personalized advice on buying a home in coastal Brunswick County contact us.