Today is Big Wind Day. In honor of this special day, we thought we’d give you some tips on how you can keep your garden and plants safe when the strong wind comes through your area. So here are four easy tips to help your garden and plants be protected.
Design Your Garden Based on Wind Flow
When you want to wind-proof your garden, you want to understand the way that the wind’s moving through the space. If a wind tunnel is created by the layout of your newb paths and buildings, and it goes through your garden area, it’s best not to plant there.
If it’s the best space to put, look for some ways that you can create some effective windbreaks. You can do this by just adding some semi-permeable fencing so that wind can pass through less intensely. You might also have to plant a hedge around the garden. If you’ve been thinking of adding benches, a water feature, or another tall structure in the garden, you want to carefully think about where you will put them. If you do it right, you can dissipate some of that wind.
Stake & Secure Your Tall Plants
All of the gangly plants, from tomatoes to corn, will benefit from being secured and staked. All of the climbing plants like having something they can latch on while they grow. They’re not just good for the shape and size of your plants, they also are going to provide them with some sturdy protection during times of high winds. When you stake your plants and secure them to the sturdy objects, you are going to allow your plants to effective move and bend with that strong wind. If you don’t do this, they probably will sway a lot by themselves and break off at their base.
Reinforce Greenhouses & Trellises
Even when you are staking and securing your tall plants, there are high winds that can harm even really sturdy trellises and stakes. Therefore, you really want to think about all of your structures protecting your plants. Is the greenhouse secure for the strong winds? Or maybe there are sections that could warp or collapse due to the strain. If you are in an area with a lot of wind and you have a garden that involves a trellis or greenhouse, anchoring the structures well is a good place to start. You also want to make sure that there’s a way for wind wo pass through or over them. With extreme winds, row covers can be an option. This involves:
- 1.5 ounce/foot plastic tarp
- Heavy anchors such as cement blocks
This temporary solution works for the gale-force winds along with extreme cold. However, it’s very work-intensive, so you probably won’t need it for the low winds.
Allow Your Plants to Help One Another in the Strong Wind
In a lot of places, there have been unique solutions developed by people to protect plants from strong winds. An example is planting rows that alternate high and low plants. This can help with sheltering the more vulnerable, shorter varieties.
There’s a method called ‘three sisters’, and it involves growing squash, beans and corn. The corn will give beans a trellis. The corn’s also less spindly when it comes to the strong winds due to the beans’ shoots and the bushiness of the squash plant. Even if you just plant at the base distance from the other plants can greatly help a certain crop with thriving, since a grouping of plants forms an ideal permeable windbreak a lot more easily than one plant by itself.
These are four tips that you can use to help your plants be protected when the strong winds come through your yard. If you are interested in any of our maintenance programs, check them out here. Thank you for taking the time to read and have a great day!