Like any other living thing, plants can sometimes outgrow their living environments and require a change of space — the important thing is to be able to catch on those hints and act on it before it’s too late.

Denise Law, founder of Tumbleweed Plants, walks us through the telltale signs of plants needing a repot and how to properly repot a plant without causing it any harm. While it’s not as simple as removing it from the pot and adding more soil, it’s definitely easier than you think it would be — just make sure you gather all your tools!