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May 8, 2023

New home, new zone!

Spring kicks off purchase season and the general expectation is that the migration to southern states will continue. According to the National Association of Realtors, Florida, Texas and the Carolinas were most often selected for a move and saw the highest population gains in 2022. That's a lot of "southern exposure" and adjustment in gardening, growing and landscaping.

Moving to another state and planting in a new zone can be an exciting but also challenging experience. If you are considering a move to another state in 2023, here are some tips and resources to help you make a successful transition:

  1. Research your new zone: The first step is to learn about your new gardening zone and what plants grow best there. The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map can help you determine which plants are likely to thrive in your new location. You can also consult with local gardening groups, visit local nurseries and garden centers, and read books or articles about gardening in your new area.
  2. Start small: It's important to remember that gardening is a long-term process, so start small and focus on a few plants at first. This will help you get a feel for the climate, soil, and other conditions unique to your new area. As you become more familiar with your new gardening zone, you can expand your garden.
  3. Amend the soil: Soil conditions can vary greatly from one region to another, so it's important to test your soil and amend it as needed to ensure that your plants receive the nutrients they need. Contact your local cooperative extension service for information on how to test your soil and which amendments are best for your area.
  4. Choose the right plants: When selecting plants for your new garden, choose those that are adapted to your new climate and soil conditions. You can find information on which plants are best suited for your new zone from nurseries, gardening groups, and online resources.
  5. Consider container gardening: If you're not sure about the soil quality or conditions in your new area, consider starting a container garden. Container gardens are portable and can be moved around to take advantage of the best growing conditions.

Here are some helpful websites for information on gardening in new zones:

We hope this information helps spring movers adjust to their new homes!

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