How To Move Garden And Lawn Equipment
If you’re moving your household, your garage or garden shed is probably last on your mind, and for many people it’s the final area of the home they pack—big mistake! Packing lawn and garden equipment can be time consuming, and these are valuable items that need proper attention. You may even have to get some items ready days or weeks in advance. Here are some tips for safely and efficiently moving your garden supplies.
Mowers and Power Tools
Your mowers and power tools (chain saws, weed whackers, etc.) should be tended to first, as many moving companies require they be drained of all combustible fluids, like oil and gasoline, before they can be moved. Some small engine shops that repair mowers will do this for you and certify that they are empty.
Be sure to ask your moving company well in advance of the move if they will even take these items. If not, you need to either arrange for separate transport or sell them and buy new equipment later. If you own a rider mower or tractor, ask your moving company about that too. You may need to move it separately via a large equipment shipping company.
If your grass needs to be cut right before your moving day, hire someone to do the last mow for you.
You won’t be able to take any combustible, flammable, or otherwise dangerous chemicals in the moving van. Try to use these items up, give them to neighbors, or take them to a municipal waste center that handles hazardous materials. This includes pesticides, herbicides, and the like—your moving company can provide you with a list.
Your collection of tall garden tools may be just as expensive as your mower. First make sure they are clean and dry before packing them. Again, defer to your mover on how these should be moved. Some movers will wrap them in a blanket for you; others want you to pack them.
If you need to pack tall tools, try using heavy-duty wardrobe-type boxes or create a taller box by using one large box to serve as a lid for another one.
Like your tall garden tools, small hand tools should be thoroughly cleaned and wiped as well. The main issue in packing these is to make sure any sharp edges are covered.
You can wrap individual tools in old towels and place them in a heavy box, taking care not to overload it. You can also put them in a garden pail and pack that inside a large box. If you have one of those pocket organizers that fits over a five-gallon bucket, use that to keep tools separated and protected.
While plastic pots can be stacked and boxed without much care, ceramic pots need to be packed just like any other household breakables. Stack several in a box with cardboard or bubble wrap in between each one. You can wrap your garden hose around any fragile pots for extra protection.
If you are planning to move pots with plants in them, make sure the plants won’t be in the moving van long enough to kill them. Also, know that many states have very strict rules about moving plants, and some may forbid you taking them to your new destination.
You can check with the National Plant Board to see what your state mandates when moving plants. While some of the rules are geared more towards commercial plant moving for greenhouses and garden centers, they may also apply to residential moves.
Your garden can be as important as the rooms in your home. Take the time to find out your mover’s policy on any questionable items, give yourself plenty of time to pack garden equipment, and you’ll be ready when the big day arrives. For more tips, contact a company like Wheaton World Wide Moving.