Weekend Projects

This Weekend: Do The Proper Prep & Avoid a Shock To This System

updated Apr 30, 2019
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If we humans dread the end of summer, think about how poor plants feel. People get coats and sweaters to arm against the elements, but they rely on us to keep them safe and happy. You’ve done a good job all season, but leave them outside too long after Labor Day, or bring them inside without proper prep, and it’s a shock to their little systems. It’s not often that we say it’s a matter of life and death, but this is one of those times.

This Weekend’s Assignment: Bring in your outdoor plants from outside, and get them acclimated to their new indoor home.

Make The Transition: It’s a crucial time in the year where you have to ask yourself: when do I make the move? And where should I put them? And will they live?

5 Common Mistakes To Avoid When Moving Plants Indoors → How To Preserve and Over-Winter Your Outdoor Herbs

Keep Them Healthy All Year: There are several reasons why your plant friends are biting the dust. This might just be the year where you read up on your favorites, and figure out once and for all what’s killing them.

Happier Houseplants: How To Keep Indoor Plants Healthy → How To Winterize Houseplants in Low-Light Interior?

And Then Grow More!: Just because you’re indoors most of the time, doesn’t mean that you still can’t grow something green.

Remember, as with all of our Weekend Projects, just do what you have the time and energy to do. And hey, if you don’t feel like moving flower pots, choose one of our other weekend projects to get done.

SHOW US YOUR WEEKEND WORK! Share your tips and photos of your Weekend Project work on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #ATweekendproject.

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Check out the entire 2016 Plan for a Healthy & Happy Home to access all the Weekend Project ideas and download our September Home Checklist while you’re there. It’s a great, low-pressure way to keep your life running smoothly and maintain a happy & healthy home!