Stealing Plants from Your Own Yard: A Cost-Effective Way to Add to Your Garden

Are you looking for a cost-effective way to add new plants to your garden? Look no further than your own yard! Transplanting or "stealing" plants from your own property can be an excellent way to save money while still beautifying your outdoor space.

Transplanting plants from your yard to containers or other locations in your garden can be a simple process that requires only a few tools and a bit of knowledge. By following some basic guidelines, you can successfully move plants from one location to another without damaging the plant or its roots.

We recently "stole" some cedar trees and daylilies from our yard to put into containers. Cedar trees are native to our area. We use them as fence post because they are very durable and decay resistant. The daylilies were planted decades ago and just keep coming back year after year.

Stealing Plants from Your Own Yard

First, choose the right time of year to transplant your plants. Spring and fall are the best times to move plants, as they are not under as much stress from heat or cold. Avoid transplanting during hot summer months.

Next, choose the right location for your plant. Consider the plant's specific needs, such as sunlight, soil type, and water requirements. If you're transplanting to a container, choose a container that is the appropriate size for the plant and has good drainage.

When digging up the plant, be careful not to damage the roots. Use a shovel or garden fork to loosen the soil around the plant, and gently lift the plant out of the ground. Try to keep as much of the plant's root system intact as possible.

Once you've moved the plant, give it plenty of water and keep the soil moist while it gets established in its new location. If you're moving the plant to a container, use potting soil and make sure to fertilize regularly.

By "stealing" plants from your own yard and transplanting them to containers or other locations in your garden, you can save money while still enjoying a beautiful outdoor space. However, it's important to remember that not all plants will survive the transplanting process, so do your research and follow best practices to give your plants the best chance of success.