How to Prepare Your Garden for a Downpour

by Megan WildApril 19, 2018

Spring means it’s time for everyone to get ready to spend more time outside doing what they love. For some, that means going to the pool every day. For others, it might mean hiking more often. If you would enjoy nothing more than to spend a warm spring afternoon in your garden, then this might be the most exciting time of the year for you.

You’re ready to start picking out new seeds to grow, and you’ve spent a while dreaming about how you’re going to design your garden this year. Maybe you’re using the old layout from the past year in a new way, or perhaps this is your first garden altogether. Whether you’ve had a long history with gardening or not, you should be aware that spring does not come without its dangers.

As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers, so you’ll need to think about how you’re going to handle the intense April storms that roll your way. Will your garden be prepared to weather it out and still be intact and ready to grow the next morning? If you’re not sure, read up on some easy ways to prepare your garden for a downpour. When those thunderstorms start forming on the horizon, you’ll be glad you did some research to protect your plants.

Here are four ideas to get you started.

1. Remove Any Damaged Shoots

When your plants have been growing for a while, you’ll see that some parts die off more easily than others. It’s essential for the health and energy of your plant to keep those damaged shoots trimmed off, whether they’re not growing anymore or have had a visit from the neighborhood wildlife. If they’re still attached when a storm comes, the heavy rains and wind might tear at the damaged parts and rip the whole plant down. Try trimming your garden plants once a week to be actively prepared.

2. Double Check Your Drainage

Plants love to soak up lots of water when the weather gets hot, but too much all at once will kill off even the strongest of plants. Before the summer storms start up, check your garden to ensure it has proper drainage. You can check for signs of poor soil drainage and fix them easily, so you won’t have to spend too long before getting back to the activity you love.

3. Support Taller Plants

Even if you’ve had plants resting in your garden over the winter and they’re ready to get back to blooming this spring, you’ll need to install some supports for your taller plants if there’s a storm in the forecast. Increasing wind speeds can threaten plants that have even formed substantial root systems, so learn how to install stakes to support tall plants so your garden can make it out of each storm in one piece.

4. Cover Delicate Plants With a Tarp

Just like tall plants need a little help to stay standing, delicate smaller plants need an extra hand, too. Try to cover sensitive plants with a tarp before a major storm so they don’t get damaged by anything the storm might bring their way. Falling debris will land on the tarp, and you won’t have to remove it from any of your precious plants.

5. Grow a Beautiful Garden by Always Being Prepared

Gardening is a pleasant springtime activity for everyone to try, but when you’re going to raise plants from seeds to blooms, you need to know how to protect them. It’s not enough to build a fence to keep out animals or spray them to prevent disease. Knowing how to protect all your plants from springtime storms allows your plants to grow through the summer and look stunning all year long.

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About The Author
Megan Wild
Megan Wild enjoys finding easy and low-stress ways to improve your home. In her downtime, she enjoys flipping flea market finds, hanging out with her dog, and writing on her home-themed blog, Your Wild Home. She's passionate about sustainability and environmentalism, and you can find her tweeting about both @Megan_Wild.