There are many solutions to ensure that the plantations suffer as little as possible from excess water, which is the case during an extremely rainy period or if there is hail. Let’s see how to protect your orchard, the potted plants placed on the terrace, window sills or balcony, as well as plants installed in the ground, in the beds, flowerbeds, rockeries but also in vegetable garden.
Shelter plants in pots and planters
Perennials, biennials, annuals, flowering or decorative foliage, grown in suspension and planter as well as many shrubs in containers must be sheltered if one expects to undergo heavy rains or a downpour. hailstones. We know very well that these severe weather can destroy many plants, even the containers in which they are installed, in a few minutes.
We do not hesitate to store the plants in pots under the courtyard, the porch, in the laundry room or in the garage, the main thing being that they are damaged as little as possible. They can also be placed under benches, tables and garden chairs so that they do not take the full force of heavy rains …
Install bells on seedlings
It only takes a few minutes for a torrential rain destroy them young seedlings which have not yet had time to take root. Whether it is for example zucchini seedlings, melons, aromatics or flowering plants, they must absolutely be protected in the event of a flood announced. We can for example cover them with bells either solid plastic or glass. However, be careful with the glass which may not withstand large hailstones.
Stake the plants
All plants with tall stems can be protected by stakes. Being tied, they will not lie on the ground, and therefore will not break, in heavy rains, high winds and other bad weather. You just have to avoid over-tightening the ties.
Install an anti-hail net
Every gardener should have this type of protection for plantations of all kinds. The anti-hail net protects against the impact of hailstones of course, but also against heavy rains. In the vegetable garden as in the orchard, we can save his crops thanks to this solution.
Use a tarp in the garden
The tarpaulin is a one-off solution for sheltering pleasure plants and the vegetable plants when unusually heavy rain is expected. It does not take long to cover the plantations with it, and it is a real screen against the risk of damage due to temporary bad weather. The ideal is to opt for a finely perforated tarpaulin which allows plants to breathe and this also limits the risk of condensation.
Install a tunnel over the plants
A rainy episode can, even in the middle of summer, cause the temperature to drop. In order to limit the thermal shocks to which many plants are sensitive while protecting them against heavy rains, a garden tunnel can be installed, inside which the temperature remains pleasant.
Cleaning the garden after a heavy rain
We cannot protect everything and when the garden suffers from heavy rains, we inevitably see more or less substantial damage. There is therefore no choice but to clean everything to quickly give it a nice look and allow damaged plants to recover from this difficult episode.
It is therefore necessary to identify the losses and the noise and to roll up its sleeves to:
- Empty all the saucers that are under the flower pots,
- Collect all the fruits and vegetables that have fallen to the ground, whether they are ripe or not,
- Check the condition of the fruits and vegetables left in the trees or on the feet then remove without delay all those that have been badly damaged by the rain,
- Eliminate leaves shredded by heavy rains or hail,
- Prune the broken stems,
- Rake the lawn to collect all the small branches that have fallen from the trees,
- Hoe the soil in the garden to decompact it,
- Take the opportunity to weed the garden as a whole – vegetable garden beds, flower beds and paths – because the task is easier when the soil has been soaked.
Must also inspect all its trees and shrubs and prune branches that may fall at the next bad weather or windy episode. This will prevent them from injuring a person or falling on the plants, which will inevitably cause damage to the vegetable garden as to the pleasure garden.
Follow the weather forecast to react quickly in case of heavy rains
When you have a garden in which you invest a lot of your time to cultivate all kinds of plants, it is very useful to follow the daily weather reports. This way we can anticipate a thunderstorm, torrential rains or one hailstorm. In case of’bad weather, it is indeed necessary to protect its plantations as best as possible so as not to find them devastated. And this principle holds regardless of the season because we have to recognize that the weather has some bad surprises in store for us throughout the year.
Collecting rainwater is economical and ecological
Heavy rains in particular are capable of ruining all the efforts made to have a beautiful vegetable or ornamental garden. But we can in parallel install water collectors in order to collect rainwater and then be able to water all your plantations including its green plants cheaper, wash the car, the bikes, clean the terrace or the garden furniture. Let us not forget that watering your garden with rainwater represents savings of around € 1 / m² per year, or for example € 500 in twelve months for a garden of 500 m², and at the same time we make a gesture for the planet…