Keeping Your Plants Protected from Wind and Rain Damage

In Fall on July 24, 2014 at 3:12 pm | Written by admin
This summer, the Chicago area has experienced heavy rains and thunderstorms powerful enough to knock over trees and shrubs in some areas.  Rain is good for the plants in your landscape but pounding rain and strong winds can actually do more harm than good to your trees, shrubs, and garden.  It is important to build a barrier around your plants to keep them protected from wind and rain damage and by following these tips; you can build an effective barrier around your plants that protects them while allowing them to receive the water they need. Building Barriers to Protect your Plants Homeowners who have built elaborate landscapes with delicate plants should consider building protective barriers because plants can be uprooted by strong winds and too much rain water can cause them to die.  The most effective way to keep them protected is to build a windbreaker barrier to stop the wind.  However, it is important to remember to avoid using solid materials such as brick or lumber because they cause the wind to flow over and downward onto the plants which could cause harm. When it comes to building windbreaker barriers, there are two different types that are effective:
  • Permanent Barriers: Hedges and picket fences
  • Temporary Barriers: Wattle hurdles, sacking, or temporary fencing
Rain Covers The key to protecting plants from rain damage is keeping the neck of the plant dry.  Absorbing too much water can cause the neck to rot which could eventually cause the plant to die.  While some plants can handle the extra water, other plants like alpines and fruits need to be protected.  Covering the base of the plant before it rains will help keep the neck dry. If you have several delicate plants in your landscape that can easily become damaged from wind and rain, it is wise to build wind barriers and use covers on certain plants before a heavy storm.  Wind barriers protect shrubs and plants from becoming uprooted by strong winds and rain covers keep the plant neck dry to avoid rotting.  The landscaping professionals at Green T can help you determine which of your plants should be protected and help install effective wind barriers. Comment »
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