Saving Your Garden After a Storm

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Steps to Putting Your Garden Back Together

saving your garden from storm

It takes water to grow your plants in your garden, but too much water could hurt them.  Unfortunately, nature doesn’t always do what we want it to do, and it could leave your garden in turmoil, especially after a storm.  Storms can bring a lot of rain, which can flood your garden, even washing it away.  They also bring heavy winds, and sometimes hail which can tear plants apart.  When you walk out to the garden after a storm you could be puling your hair out when you see the disarray and damage that has been done.  Your plants could be flooded, destroyed completely, or missing entirely.  The could be debris all over the yard and it might seem like a miracle is needed to get through it.  All it really needs is for you to put on some old clothes, get out your gloves and your green thumb, and hit the dirt.

Picking Through the Mess

The first step in saving your garden is getting rid of everything that doesn’t need to be there.  Any debris that has flown into your garden, damaged or broken pots, leaves, sticks and everything in between needs to be removed.  Then you can truly see what is left to be saved if it can be.  The extra water can be damaging, but some plants are more sturdy than you might think.  If you have some plants that do have limits on the water they are supposed to have, there is some ways to save them.  You will need to transplant them into pots for the time being, with some dry soil, combined with a little of the too moist soil they are already in.  This will help them to dry out a bit, they will also need to sit in the sun for a while and by morning will either pull through and survive, or they will be dead.

Picking Through the Mess after storm

By doing this to the plants it will help you get a look at the soil and see if it needs to be fixed.  It will also allow you to see if you have other plants that have survived and if they need any help as well.  If there are trees in your yard they should be ok with the water, but you need to make sure they didn’t lose nay soil in the process.  With the rains the soil could be washed away, which is support for the trees.  If you have exposed roots, you have the potential for damage to the tree, and the tree collapsing.  If the roots are strong it will be ok, so make sure they are covered when you fix the soil.

Fixing the Soil

With all the water that hit your yard, the soil could be washed away if you don’t have it contained with a high enough wall.  Most of the time the little wall in your garden is the back wall of your yard, and there might not be much to block the front.  Sometimes people layer the front with a small wall itself that can be as much as three inches higher than the soil.  This can be good, or it can be bad as it will keep the water in the yard.  That water needs to drain out, and it could mean taking some of the wall out to do it, or draining it by hand.  You need to get enough of the water out so that you can get your hands into the soil and touch it.

If there is no wall, it could wash the soil all over the place.  This means your plants could have floated away with it as well.  This mess, fortunately is a little easier to clean up, as it takes sweeping up, or if it is too wet, hosing it off the sidewalk and concrete and back into the grass or dirt where it belongs.

You might need to bring in some fresh soil, something that is not as moist, but not dry either.  Bagged potting soil is perfect as it has just the right level of moisture, and is thick enough to absorb some of the run-off water.  Use this to replant your garden as needed, replacing lost soil where you need to, and enhancing the soil that was left.

Rebuilding and Replanting

Rebuilding and Replanting after storm

Depending on the damage and how extensive it was, you might have to rebuild and replant everything.  This makes for a wonderful project if you are up to, and gives you the opportunity to do things differently.  While it might be a bit depressing to see all your hard work destroyed, you need to also look at the opportunity it brought to your yard.  Until you can rebuild everything the way you want it, (or completely redesign the entire yard), plant in pots and planters.  This gives you the perfect opportunity to get creative and to try some new things.  You might not have much to repair, and it won’t take long until the sun comes out and can breathe new life into all your plants, showing the benefits of all that hard work.

Another thing you want to consider as you rebuild, is how you can prevent that damage from happening again.  Since you know now that storms can happen in your area and what it did to your yard, as you redesign you can make it to be less damaging the next time a storm hits.  Plants will grow again, and they need your love and guidance to get there.

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