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Storm-Proof Your Garden

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A bad storm can wreak havoc on your garden. If you believe bad weather may be on its way, here are a few ways that you can protect your garden against damage.

Store loose items away

Kids’ toys, deck chairs, tables, garden tools and ornaments can all get swept up in a storm. These could damage plants, break windows or even be blown away into someone else’s garden. Securing these items away in a shed, garage or other place indoors before a storm can prevent this from happening.  

Remove horticultural hazards

If you have any big plants or trees that could pose a hazard during storm, these will need to be seen to. Smaller plants – particularly ones supported with a post – could be uprooted by a storm so consider using a wind break to protect them. Partially uprooted, leaning or dying trees can be particularly dangerous – those near your house could even cause structural damage if not sorted out. There are many arborist and tree surgeon services such as www.treeservicearlington.org that can remove these trees professionally. Make sure to check with your local council before taking down a tree as some plants can be protected. Also, if the tree provides shade or privacy to a neighbour, check that they are okay to have it removed.

Fix up your fencing

Loose or damaged fence panels can also cause a lot of damage during a storm. Quite often insurance companies won’t pay up for any damage done by a fence panel if the panel was already damaged beforehand (they may even want a statement from neighbours to prove that it wasn’t damaged beforehand). Taking time to repair and replace these panels is therefore essential. Companies such as http://www.onlinefencesupply.com can provide specialist aluminium and vinyl fencing for those in particularly blustery areas. You can also buy weatherproof paint that won’t strip off in harsh rain or wind.

Use a wind break

Fencing will protect your garden a little, but you may need extra wind breaks to provide a little more protection. These can be strategically placed in specific weakspots of your garden such as around a pond or around a vegetable patch. They don’t have to be permanently placed there and can be removed after the threat of a storm has passed. You can also buy netting as an alternative. Sites such as http://www.premiernetting.co.uk/ provide an array of different wind break and netting products to use in the garden.

Protect potted plants

If you have any potted plants in your garden these too might need to be stored away in the event of a storm. You may be able to simply protect them with a wind break. Insulating pots with bubble wrap can also stop pots getting damaged if they blow over. Bedded plants should be okay although wind can occasionally dry out plants and soil. Making sure that bedded plants are well hydrated and using an organic mulch could prevent drying from taking place.
 

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