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Clearing Up After Heavy Winds and Rain in Summer

Storm Damage

Summer storms can wreak havoc with your garden just as its coming into its own. Heavy rains and winds will leave borders looking battered, lawns full of leaves and broken branches and pots and containers overflowing with rainwater or even worse knocked over and damaged. Fences, arches, arbours and greenhouses are also vulnerable to damage and if winds are really strong garden benches and furniture may end up at the other end of the garden!

The obvious damage is easy to see and clearing up is basically down to a bit of hard graft; sweeping leaves, picking up branches, replacing broken fence panels and greenhouse glass and putting the furniture back where it came from.

However, there are some steps you can take when you know a storm is on its way to minimise damage and others after to get your garden looking good again.

Before

  • Prune trees at the start of the season checking for dead branches that can cause a lot of damage if they fall during a summer storm. Make sure any trees that need removing are dealt with.
  • Mulching your borders will minimise nutrients being washed away.
  • Protect young plants with fleece
  • Stake and support tall plants like Delphiniums, Lupins and Foxgloves.
  • Make sure garden arbours are secured in place with rope/stakes. The anchor kit from AFK is ideal for this.
  • Take down hanging baskets & put in a safe corner
  • Anything that could blow over like bird tables, ornaments are better laid on their side.
  • If possible put away garden furniture, parasols etc.
  • Check fence panels are stable.

After

  • Deadhead rain damaged or faded flowers and perennials like catmint & hardy geraniums might benefit from being cut right down so new foliage grows.
  • Prune shrubs and roses to remove damaged branches.
  • In the veg garden its better just to replace damaged plants as new ones will grow away quickly at this time of year. Ensure broken branches are removed from trees.
  • Check plants for damaged foliage as they will be more susceptible to bacterial and fungal infection.
  • Give your garden pots, borders and veg garden a feed with something like a seaweed tonic to strengthen plants and encourage new growth.
  • Replace damaged fence panels and greenhouse glass.
  • Check garden pots and containers haven’t cracked & replace if needed.

It’s amazing how quickly gardens bounce back when they have been given a helping hand. We are here to help!  If you would like advice with damage to trees or shrubs come in and have a chat with either Steve or Gary or ifs a problem with your garden buildings or fencing including broken panes of glass or fence panels give Mark or Billy a call in our garden buildings department.


Posted by Charlie Groves

Charlie is the manager at Groves Nurseries.  He is the 6th generation of C.W. Groves to run the garden centre. 

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