Rainy days: Protecting Plants from Heavy Rain

Garden Maintenance
// July 2, 2017
protect plants from heavy rain

The rainy season can be a tricky time for a gardener and the garden.

There’s the obvious relief from the dryness, humidity and heat from the summer months. This is the time to grow and flourish when plants begin to bloom and develop. Also, this reduces your burden of regularly watering your plants. Mother Nature simply does this for you! 

Read about Is your garden monsoon ready?

rainy season

But there’s always the lurking danger of what happens during a heavy rainfall? Can it damage or ruin your plants? Can it destroy your garden and flood all your hard work?

Well, most times, situations aren’t that extreme. But if you’re living in a region that is known to get sudden bouts of heavy rainfall, then you need to be protecting yourself. Read about monsoon gardening tips.

Now, how can you manage that? That’s why we’re here! With these pointers, you’ll be able to enjoy the best of the monsoon without it letting you drown away in problems.

Below are the tips on how to protect plants from rain:

1. Ensure Water Runoff:

The first is the most obvious danger. If water is allowed to accumulate in your garden, then it will percolate into the soil and eventually drown the roots and destroy the plants.

So, for starters, all you need to do is build a simple canal or channel that will take all the excess water from your garden into a drainage or collection area. With this, your plants will be safe from stagnant water. Learn about the best rain water harvesting methods.

rain garden drainage

2. Rain Cover for Garden:

The next thing to do is to protect them from the actual excess rainfall. If your garden is in an open area with most of the plants also in the open, then this is something you’ll definitely need to look into.

So, locate a wide tarp, one that doesn’t let the water percolate too much and erect it around your garden. Ensure to mainly cover all the vulnerable smaller flowers and herbs with the tarp.

garden rain shelter

3. Wind Protection with Some Support:

Heavy rains are sometimes accompanied by strong winds. These can be even more damaging to your plants because they have the power to uproot your weakest ones while severely damaging the others.

To save them, you need to secure the plants and all your trellises with extra support and ties. Add some additional beams if you feel that that’s necessary. To protect the smaller plants that may be in pots, cover them with cages or similar constructions or simply bring them inside if you have space. Read about vegetables that require trellis support.

Plant supports: Tomato stakes

4. Prune all the Damaged Parts:

This step can be followed before, during and even after massive, damaging rainfall. If you spot any shoots or limbs that are browning, look weak and as if they’re going to fall off, then cut them off immediately. This will prevent the problem from spreading into the other parts of the plant, and give it a good chance of developing healthily once again after the monsoon season comes to an end. Learn about how to prune plants.

pruning damaged stem

Still worried about what the monsoon could do to your plants? Then why not head over to ugaoo.com and see all the equipment that could protect your plants? The extra care that you put in today will surely be a reward tomorrow!

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