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Selling the plants from newly purchased property

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badgerread Thu 12-Jan-17 18:40:33

We have just exchanged on the property of my dreams but are stretched to our absolute max.The plot is a third of an acre so fantastic for our four lively boys. The previous owners were keen gardeners and there are a lot of shrubs and plants. We however are not. Anything we plant either gets trampled on or used as goalposts. We want to dig most of the plants up and turf the area and were thinking of selling them to make a bit of cash? is there a market for this do you think or would we wasting our time? I know that plants can be pretty expensive...

Newtssuitcase Thu 12-Jan-17 18:43:47

Can you have a look on eBay and see whether people sell them. I expect they would, established plants are very expensive. DH had to pay a couple of hundred quid for two established (but still young) wisteria for me for a special birthday a couple of years ago.

Floggingmolly Thu 12-Jan-17 18:45:23

Try your local garden centre? Ours is pretty expensive...

Joinourclub Thu 12-Jan-17 18:47:14

If you aren't gardeners then you'd probably end up killing the plant when you try to dig them up! A decent size plant needs digging up with a decent sized root ball. Personally I'd say to your neighbours and friends that they can come and dig up what they fancy. At least they are then doing some of the heavy work for you!

KickAssAngel Thu 12-Jan-17 18:48:52

I've often seen people put plants outside their front door with a price, and a asking them to put money in the letter box. Depends on the area you're in if this will work or not.

senua Thu 12-Jan-17 18:49:02

Round here they are left outside with an honesty box.

When are you going to do this - in the Spring?

stayathomegardener Thu 12-Jan-17 18:50:12

Trust me this will only work for a few specific high value plants and then who will dig them up and protect them appropriately? If the customer digs they won't want to pay you much.
Many established plants have to be lifted over two seasons to minimise shock.
Can you put a photo up so we can see what type of plants you are talking about.
Will you also guarantee them if they fail to live?

badgerread Thu 12-Jan-17 19:34:52

Thanks all, I haven't got any photos it's just an idea I had in bed last night! it would be in the spring though yes. Maybe we should get moved in and then have a rethink..

GrumpyOldBag Thu 12-Jan-17 19:41:21

It very much depends what plants you have, how mature they are and how well they respond to moving.

You also need to do it at the right time of year.

I'd track down a local gardening club & ask for their advice. Some of them might be keen to buy & would know how to move the plants without damaging them.

SleightOfMind Thu 12-Jan-17 20:17:43

Congratulations! House sounds lovely!

Do you know anyone with a bit of a green thumb who can advise you?
You need to know
What's moveable.
What's tough enough to stay
What's actually worth selling 😄
Am smiling at the thought of your four bearcubbing around a new house and garden.

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