Whether it’s plants, grass, hedges, or trees, most things in your garden love the rain. They need rain to survive and thrive. But, there’s a difference between the right amount of moisture and torrential rain, wind, or snow.
These harsh weather conditions can damage much of your garden and have you spending most of your spring cleaning up. If you take steps to protect your garden from harsh weather, you’ll be able to enjoy it more. Here’s how to get it done.
Learning about your plants and what they need is a great first step to maintaining them well. There are some plants that can cope well in harsh conditions, whereas others are more fragile and vulnerable. When you’re expecting harsh weather, it can help to cover some of your most fragile plants.
You can purchase covers that easily go over potted plants or you can fashion your own cover and secure it in the ground with pegs. Try not to place the cover on tightly as your plants will need some room to move and breathe while they wait for the storm to pass.
Natural grass is often the centerpiece of many gardens but it takes a lot of work. It needs to be planted, fed, watered, and mowed regularly. Taking care of a lawn can take up a lot of valuable time and when it comes to harsh weather, your lawn may not survive.
Harsh conditions can be very damaging on natural grass which is why many people opt for artificial turf now. It looks just as good and using it is a great way to make sure your grass isn’t damaged by poor weather.
One of the best ways to make sure your garden is protected from weather conditions is to make sure your drainage is working properly. Without proper drainage, your garden could be easily flooded. It’s always wise to check your drainage when heavy rain is expected.
Check that the rain water can drain properly via your gutters from the roof of your home and check that the outdoor drains around your garden aren’t overflowing.
Bring Furniture Indoors
If you’re expecting a storm, it can help to move all of your outdoor furniture safely inside. This isn’t just a good way to protect your property but it can also stop your furniture from damaging your garden plants. Alternatively, you can secure outdoor furniture to the ground so you know it won’t move during a storm.
If there are children’s toys, like bikes or trampolines, in your garden, it’s also important to put them somewhere safe. Trampolines have a reputation for traveling during storms so storing it indoors during a storm will ensure it can’t go anywhere.
Lock All Doors
It’s not uncommon for keen gardeners to leave sheds and garages unlocked for easy access to gardening tools. During adverse weather conditions, make sure the doors are locked so they can’t fly open in heavy winds.