The one thing that we can’t protect our gardens from is the weather. Extreme heat, cold, rain, snow, and other natural hazards can have a serious impact on the condition of your garden and on the health of your plants.
The best we can do is to take measures to minimize damage and recovery measures to help bounce back from the impact of the weather. Knowing what to do when the weather strikes can make it easier to revive your garden and even save it from permanent damage. Here are some of the most useful garden recovery tips.
Snow and rain can cause a dangerous amount of soil erosion. Especially if you have extended periods of rain and snow, no matter what kind of soil you have, it will eventually erode. Even with trees and smaller plants, it isn’t possible to completely eliminate soil erosion in bad weather conditions. To overcome this problem, you need to have good quality soil of the same kind that you can replace when erosion happens.
Also, you can try and create a boundary around the garden, just a couple of inches high so that the soil that is eroded doesn’t get completely washed away into the gutter. With this soil contained, you can reuse it as it gets redistributed when you water that area.
Heavy rains also come with strong winds and lightning, both of which are dangerous for trees. Larger trees will be more severely impacted by wind and lightning. If your trees do get damaged, get a tree expert to find you a solution. In some cases, the tree can be recovered but in other cases, you might have to get a large portion cut off or even have the entire tree removed. Managing trees can be tricky because of their size and weight and a tree expert will have all the equipment necessary to do this safely.
After a heavy storm, you will find all kinds of plants that haven’t made it. Some will be uprooted, some might be broken and damaged while some might have drowned and gone to waste. As you start to remove weeds, also be sure to remove this dead matter and other waste material such as twigs, branches, and other litter. All this extra material is only a stress on the soil and removing it will give the remaining plants the best chance to recover and survive.
Many people make the mistake of adding fertilizer right after a storm. At this stage the garden soil is unstable and the plants are not in the right condition to make the most of the fertilizer you give them. Ideally, you should wait at least 2 weeks to allow the plants to recover and for the environment to stabilize before introducing another stimulus. Also, be sure to check the condition of the ground itself. Puddles of water, fallen branches, and the heavy rain itself can damage the ground which makes it harder for plants to grow. Level any imbalance you find when re-soiling.