With Storm Dudley hitting the UK last week, Storm Eunice having wreaked havoc over the weekend, and Storm Franklin incoming today, the country has been facing high winds, heavy rain and weather warnings. Here at ManoMano we are here to provide you with some advice to help protect your garden from the storms, whether that be Storm Franklin today, or another to come down the line.
Protect pots and planters from strong gusts of wind
Terracotta pots can tip or break, and plastic pots can be thrown and cause damage to neighbors and passers-by. The best thing you can do with your potted plants is to put them safely inside your house, in the garage or in a shed.
They probably won’t get all the light they need to thrive during the storm, but believe us: it would be much worse to leave them outside.
Heavier pots should be placed against a wall and grouped together to protect each other. Those that contain raised plants should be staked to prevent their branches from breaking, and covered with a thermal blanket for the duration of the storm.
Prepare your garden before the storm hits
Use a thermal blanket to protect the plants you are growing in the garden, and secure it with stakes. If you have plastic or tunnel greenhouses and installed them without taking into account the direction of the wind, consider dismantling them so as not to lose them. Although it is sad to say so, perhaps the value of the plants is less than that of the greenhouse.
Cut all tree limbs that could break and fall on roofs, structures, vehicles, or bystanders. Use pegs to protect bushes or tall plants, and check the condition of climbing plant fixings. A little more string can make a big difference.
Check the condition of the roof of the shed and evaluate what materials you should urgently store on it. Sun loungers and garden sets can lie down or fly away depending on their weight. If you don’t have space to store them, place them as close as possible to a wall that acts as a windbreak, cover them with a cover and place something heavy on them.
Make sure that the door and window hinges fit well and that both the garden shed and the shed do not have holes through which water or wind can enter.
Collect any electrical installation, solar lanterns, empty pots, tools, watering cans and containers in a place where they are protected. If that place is the shed, try to be tidy to make the most of its capacity.
Check the rainwater collection gutters to remove leaves that could clog the downspouts. If you use it for irrigation by filling water tanks, make sure that the filters are clean and that they are in the “open” position.
Pool covers should also be well secured to prevent them from turning into huge sails and splitting. When in doubt, it may be better to put it away and store it, even if it means having to clean the pool of leaves and other debris when the storm passes.