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Storm-Ready Gardening: How to Prepare, Protect, and Repair Your Garden in the Bay Area

Video by Shubha Fulambarkar

The best way to prevent storm damage is to prepare your plants in advance. Here are some things you can do before the storm hits:

  • Pruning trees and shrubs is a good starting point. Removing branches that are dead, diseased, or damaged can prevent them from falling on plants, houses, or individuals. It’s also beneficial to thin out the tree’s canopy to allow wind to pass through, reducing the risk of the tree falling over. 

  • Securing tall or unstable plants with stakes or ties can help them withstand strong winds. It’s best to use robust stakes and gentle ties that won’t harm the plant stems. One could also consider setting up a windbreak, such as a fence, trellis, or screen, around the plants to lessen the wind’s impact and help keep the plants upright.

  •  Relocating potted plants to a protected area can shield them from the storm. If there are any portable items like containers or hanging baskets, they should be moved indoors or to a covered area like a porch, garage, or against a wall. If relocation isn’t possible, one could group them together and secure them with heavy items like rocks, bricks, or sandbags.

  •  Covering them with a tarp, plastic sheet, or frost cloth can offer additional protection from rain and wind. Sensitive or tender plants can be covered with a frost cloth, blanket, or burlap to help them retain heat and avoid frost damage. 

  • Applying mulch around the base of the plants using straw, leaves, or wood chips can insulate the roots and soil. 

  • Finally, harvesting fruits, vegetables, or herbs that are ripe or nearly ripe is recommended. The storm could spoil them or cause them to fall off.

To conclude,regular pruning of trees and shrubs, securing tall or unstable plants, relocating potted plants to safer locations, covering sensitive plants, and timely harvesting can significantly reduce potential damage and ensure the health and survival of the plants during adverse weather conditions. It’s a testament to the saying, “Prevention is better than cure,” especially when it comes to safeguarding our precious greenery against storms.

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