Hail: 5 Important Tips To Limit Damage In Your Garden

Last updated on October 23rd, 2023 at 08:49 pm

Are you always on the lookout for the weather and like to know what the weather will be like in the coming days? There is no better way to know if the weather will be fine for the activities you have planned or if you will need to bring an umbrella to work. It can also be useful to be prepared if a storm is coming and the risk of hail is not to be ruled out. Indeed, hailstones the size of golf balls can sometimes fall on your garden, your home or your car and all preventive measures or to cope with it are welcome, because the damage is not negligible.

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Hail: 5 Important Tips To Limit Damage In Your Garden

1) Some preventive measures

Always be careful when gardening and landscaping to ensure durability and strength. Even if it takes longer, don’t skimp on efforts to secure and tie down canisses, posts, heather brands and other hedges.

Hail: 5 Important Tips To Limit Damage In Your Garden

A deep, strong stake installed facing the prevailing wind will be more than necessary for many plants and heavy or long-stemmed flowers (dahlias, peonies, delphiniums…). You will need to check the ties before and after the weather so that the plants have the proper support to preserve their roots. Choose rubber or figure-of-eight ties to avoid injuries or raffia ties for flowers. Windbreaks are excellent for filtering without blocking.

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2) Solutions for the most fragile plants

If you can’t put them inside your garage or house or put them near a wall to protect them from the wind, you can opt for a plastic cover made of non-woven netting or nets like in orchards. Tiles can also be placed against each stake to protect the top of the plant. Finally, for vegetables such as zucchinis or eggplants, cloches will make a good protection which will have to be well removed after the bad weather since they concentrate too much heat and could burn or spoil your plants.

3) And after the hail, how to deal with the damage?

A clean-up is the right time to put back in place everything that was blown over by the wind and to deal with the problems encountered by your plants and your outdoor decoration. Clean up by throwing away, repairing and cutting up anything that has fallen or been damaged. You may even need to cut back branches that have suffered a lot from wind or hail and would be too injured or torn off to be left in place. In any case, make clean cuts with the right tools to avoid further damage to your greenery. In the case of herbs, remember to store them well and dry them so that they can be eaten later. You can probably also save some fruits by freezing them. The rest will go into the compost! For anything that has been damaged or cut by you, consider applying a disease prevention product to your plants. Cinnamon is perfect for this!

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What about your home and your car?

4) For your home

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The most basic but essential thing to do is of course to insure your home against natural disasters by checking the guarantees so as not to have any surprises in terms of coverage in case of damage.
In anticipation, think also of cutting the possible branches of nearby trees that could hit your house with the wind or the weight of the hail. Close windows and bring in plants, sun blinds, balcony planters and furniture. Fabric blinds, slatted blinds and plastic shutters should be put back up if the windows are new, as they will be more resistant to the weather.

5) For the car

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Here again, insurance is important and you should find out what is included (glass breakage and body damage in particular). In any case, there is nothing to stop you from having foresight by putting the car in the garage if possible or by putting cardboard or bubble wrap in a thick layer on the sensitive and exposed areas. Or to hell with the neighbors’ opinion of your precious vehicle covered by blankets and cushions!


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