As the outside temperatures start to warm up and our world starts to turn green, many of us tend to spend more time in our gardens. The warmer months also tend to make moving easier, making it an ideal time for people to move, but anyone who’s done any gardening knows there many tools and ceramic pots involved, and packing them can be tricky at best. Here’s how to pack garden tools and pots.
1) Get Your Supplies Ready
The first thing you need to do before you can start packing is to make sure you have everything you’ll need for the process. That list includes:
• Packing Boxes
• Moving Blankets
• Bubble Wrap
• Tape and/or rope
Once you have everything you need, you can follow the steps below to get everything packed up and ready to go.
2) Remove Hazardous Materials
Anything you use for your garden that’s considered a hazardous material cannot legally be moved, so the first thing you need to do is find a way to safely dispose of it. This includes chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and any other chemicals you might use in your garden.
Check your local ordinances to make sure you know how to properly dispose of your chemicals. If you’re unsure, ask your local gardening store because they’ll likely know the best way to dispose of them.
3) Start Small
Your small garden tools should be packed in small packing boxes. Since garden tools tend to be heavy, using small boxes ensures the boxes aren’t too heavy to manage.
Any tools with sharp points or edges, such as garden shears or hand cultivators, should be wrapped in bubble wrap to prevent sharp edges and points causing damage to the box, or the people packing and unpacking them.
4) Move on to the Larger Tools
Next, gather together the larger garden tools, such as shovels, rakes, and hoes. Bundle them together using duct tape or rope and then wrap them in moving blankets so the sharp points and edges don’t cause any damage during the move.
5) Wrap the Pots
Finally, it’s time to wrap up all your pots and planters. Be sure to wrap them tightly in plenty of bubble wrap and to secure the bubble wrap with tape to help protect them during the move.
6) Power Tools
For gas-powered tools, such as lawnmowers, you will need to empty all liquids prior to moving. That includes gasoline and engine oil. Your lawnmower can be wrapped in a moving blanket, but any tools with exposed sharp edges or points, such as power hedge trimmers, need to be wrapped in bubble wrap to prevent damage from blades and points.
Make sure any spark plugs are wrapped in cardboard and secured for moving day to protect them from damage, but also to ensure they don’t cause damage to any other items in the truck.
Whether you need help moving your garden supplies, or just your clothes and furniture, Allied Van Lines is here to help. Start here to begin the process of seeing how far we’ll go to make sure your move is as stress free as possible.