These weather conditions can wreak havoc on your garden, damaging plants, structures, and causing a mess. But fear not, as there are steps you can take to protect your garden and minimize the impact of storms.
Secure Loose Items
One of the first steps to take when preparing for stormy weather is to secure loose items in your garden. This includes garden furniture, pots, and any other lightweight objects that can be blown away by strong winds. Move these items into a shed, garage, or any sheltered area to prevent damage and keep your garden tidy.
Prune and Trim Trees and Shrubs
Overhanging branches and dead or weak limbs can pose a significant threat during a storm. Pruning and trimming your trees and shrubs can help reduce the risk of branches breaking and causing damage. If you’re not comfortable doing this yourself, consider hiring a professional arborist to do the job safely.
Drainage and Water Management
Excess rain can lead to waterlogged soil, which can damage plants and increase the risk of root rot. Ensure that your garden has adequate drainage by checking for clogged drains or gutters. If necessary, add drainage channels or gravel paths to redirect water away from sensitive areas. We have created a handy guide on how to fix and prevent a waterlogged lawn.
Invest in Windbreaks
Creating a windbreak can make a significant difference in protecting your garden from the brunt of the storm. Install windbreaks like trellises, fences, or hedges to block the wind and reduce its impact on your plants. Be sure to securely anchor any new structures to prevent them from becoming projectiles during strong winds.
Reinforce Greenhouses and Sheds
Greenhouses and sheds can easily be damaged by strong winds and heavy rain. Check for any loose or damaged panels, and make necessary repairs before the storm arrives. Adding extra supports or weighting down the structure can also help prevent it from being blown away.
Stow Fragile Plants
Some plants are more susceptible to damage during storms than others. Delicate or tall plants like dahlias, tall sunflowers, and climbers may benefit from extra protection. Consider using stakes, plant supports, or even temporary covers to shield these plants from the elements.
Mulch and Protect Soil
Mulching your garden can help protect the soil and plant roots during heavy rainfall by acting as a buffer. Apply a layer of organic mulch, such as Garden & Play Bark Chips or Soil Improving Mulch, around your plants to provide this protection.
Check for Pests and Disease
Stormy weather can weaken plants and make them more susceptible to pests and diseases. Regularly inspect your garden for signs of infestations or plant illnesses, and take prompt action to address any issues. Healthy plants are better equipped to withstand adverse conditions.
Stay Informed and Be Prepared
Finally, staying informed about the weather forecast is crucial for being prepared. Listen to weather warnings and make plans accordingly. It’s a good idea to have emergency supplies on hand, including extra garden ties, stakes, and materials for quick repairs.
While the UK’s stormy weather can be a challenge for gardeners, with careful preparation and a few protective measures, your garden can weather the storms and thrive throughout the year.
Our range of mulches and barks help to protect your beds and borders and return nutrients back into your soils. Shop online now or contact our sales team today for a quote on 01202593601 – [email protected].