Unexpected weather can land your garden in a rather messy situation. Making sure you’re ahead of the game and prepared for it is the best way you can savour your garden and protect all your budding crops, plants, and flowers, not to mention your hard work. You’ll never need to worry again about potential spells of bad weather. Read on to find out exactly how you can be proactive in the garden.
Support Taller Plants
Rainfall can work wonders for your plants, but it can also be very damaging if its unexpectedly heavier than usual, particularly for your taller plants that may need some support. If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to purchasing the right support for your taller plants, consider looking online at reputable garden retailers such as Two Wests, for the best products for the job. Supporting your taller plants from heavy rainfall means they’ll stand a fighting chance to stay upright despite the extra weight from the rain.
Cover Your Delicate Plants and Flowers
Delicate plants and flowers are easily destroyed when it comes to harsh weather conditions. An excellent solution to provide year-round protection from both extreme heat, harsh colds, and heavy rainfall and wind is to consider growing indoors. You can look into a cold frame or greenhouse as a solution to covering your delicate plants. A cold frame is certainly a more economically friendly solution to growing under cover than purchasing a full-sized greenhouse, so the best thing to do is to assess your budget and the space the garden and work from there.
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Check Your Pots and Planters
Regularly check your pots and planters for any damage caused from harsh weather conditions. Be sure to keep an eye on the environment your potted plants are growing in and make any adaptations where necessary. If you notice any damage, you can move your plants into a more substantial pot or move the pot somewhere more protected, being careful not to spoil the amount of sunlight your budding crops get in the meantime.
Keep the Slugs and Snails Away
Keeping those pesky slugs and snails away is a difficult task and where there is rainfall there is always a trail of slime to follow.
- Protect your soil with a layer grit / stone
- Use barriers made of copper
- Use slug pellets but ensure they’re organic
- Beer traps
- Allow the slugs to eat bran on top of your flower beds
Prune Your Trees to Avoid Snapping
Deadheading those dying off plants or trimming away the spindly twigs on your tree branches are a perfect solution to protection from harsh weather conditions. You want to really avoid the harsh, sharp edges from snapping and gain some control over where your tree branches are snipped. You’ll have a long lasting, healthy tree if you maintain this form of care throughout the year, not to mention a more tidy garden space.