Many homeowners take great pride in their gardens, so when a storm, hurricane or strong wind comes into the equation, it’s important that you take precautionary action to keep your garden and landscape safe and protected. If severe weather is on the way, here are a number of tips that you can take on board.
Before a storm or hurricane hit your area, the first precautionary measure you can take is to walk around your garden and pick up any loose items like garden tools and furniture. Fallen branches and kids’ toys are other items that must be collected too. When heavy winds roll in, they can blow debris around violently and cause major damage and destruction to the exterior of your home. If you do sustain any damage to your roof or garden after the event, Advantage Construction may be able to help.
Another wise tip to take on board is to check the branches and roots of any shrubs and trees in your garden. If you spot any broken branches, these need to be cleared away immediately. If there are exposed roots, make sure that you cover them too. Following these steps can add an extra layer of protection to your plants, as well as reduce the risk of physical damage as a result of branches being torn off.
If you’re in the midst of a storm or dealing with the initial aftermath, it’s best to wait a couple of days before walking on your lawn. If heavy rain has hit your garden, waterlogged soil is unable to support the additional weight. Any movement on the lawn can cause deep ruts to be formed, which can result in severe damage to your garden.
If your gutter becomes clogged with sticks, leaves or other debris, this can result in water damage to the exterior of your home and garden. Getting rid of twigs and leaves will make sure that rainwater from a storm has an unobstructed path to the drain. If you aren’t sure how to clean your roof gutters yourself, it’s best to leave the job to a professional, rather than potentially causing more damage.
When severe weather hits, anything in its path can end up here, there, and everywhere. To eliminate the risk of your plants and hanging baskets ending up in a neighbouring garden, it’s best to place them out of the way in your shed or garage. You can also group larger plant pots together in an area that is protected from the wind.
If you have checked the forecast and see a severe storm is on its way, taking action immediately can help minimize the amount of damage and destruction to the exterior of your home. Many of us spend thousands of dollars to make our gardens stand out from the crowd, so make sure to use all the tips listed above to ensure your garden flourishes once the storm has been and gone.
I'm Ann Katelyn, Creator and Chief Author of Sumo Gardener. Since I was a child I've always been fascinated with plants and gardens, and as an adult this has developed into my most loved hobby. I have dedicated most of my life to gardening and started Sumo Gardener as a way to express my knowledge about gardening with the hope of helping other people's gardens thrive.
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