How You Can Create An All-Weather Garden
One of the most powerful forces in mother nature is water that many events on our planet can attest to. We have all seen the effect that powerful floods can have against the home, as we were reminded of during the tsunamis that Japan suffered in the mid 2000s. We have also seen that rain together with wind makes for an annoying combination. Rain hits against our home’s exterior, then if the wind is hitting in the same direction, it gets squashed into the nooks and crannies. Soon, water might start to enter through the windowsill, through the gaps in the roof, maybe even start to chip away at the brick structure. However, we also know that when the summer comes along, our gardens grow thicker vegetation such as plants and weeds. The rubber seals in our hose pipes begin to absorb the heat, and it becomes a little stiffer when trying to use them. It can also make metal joints more stiff such as when opening windows. There’s no way to control what the weather will do, but you can make sure that your garden is ready for any scenario. Creating an all-weather garden can be done with just a few modifications and understanding of what is most likely to be affected negatively.
Cover up and provide warmth
It can be normal to resign yourself to losing your plants and flowers in the winter. (in snowy places) People think that because it’s snowing, or that there is much frost and ice all over the garden that there’s simply no way to save plants and flowers. You’re dead wrong on this, – pun intended. There are several ways you can support the life of your flowers and plants and they should be done a few weeks before winter truly hits so as to allow time for stabilization. Here is a way that is cheap to do but provides good results.
Buy a clear plastic tarp or sheet. This is so you can see the state of the plants and flowers at all times. Then dig a small hole where you can place a metal pipe or wooden plank. Place it upright in the middle of a plant or flower patch. Do this along the entire garden wherever it’s suitable. Next you will need bricks that will hold the sheet down. Place the plastic tarp or sheet over the flowers and plants, allowing it to sit gently on the upright pipe or plank. Then place the bricks all along the edges of the sheet so as to keep the wind and cold out and from getting underneath. This is a simple way of keeping your plants and flowers alive during the colder months and still being able to water them. Cutting a very small hole that can be patched over, you’re able to pour water down the pipe or plank that can then be used by the vegetation.
The rush and gale rain
Autumn will usually greet you with a gust of wind and hail or rain. That’s when you know that autumn is truly here when the harsh weather really gets into its stride. Perhaps the main concern you have is that you have a place to make sure your vehicle is safe. The front garden is something that often gets left behind when it comes to style and maintenance. We often think of it as something extra but our true love is the back garden where we lounge and garden in peace. For the front garden and or driveway, you can place a carport that will give your car some kind of protection from the incoming weather. The wind can pick up dirt and grit and batter it against the paintwork and/or drench the car with leaves that will stick to the windscreen after it rains. Contact specialist carports builders who can come and survey the driveway and the garden and give you an accurate quote. You can choose from their designs but also, if you need one made specifically for yourself, that too can be done. If you don’t have room to build a garage this is a great choice that will give your car some kind of protection from mother nature.
Spreading like fire
There’s nothing that compares to a summer in down under. During this time of the year, weeds can start to grow in your garden due to the heat and sometimes the humidity in the air providing just the right atmosphere. Perhaps one of the most annoying in Australian back gardens is the fireweed. It’s found along roadsides, all over farmland but it can also be found in residential neighborhoods. Fireweed can survive in dry conditions, with its flowers and leaves wilting away to becoming small and narrow.
There is a tried and tested way of getting rid of such weeds. Firstly you need to trim the weed so it doesn’t spread and cause more weeds to pop up around your garden. Then you need to dig them out from the root which may mean using a small fork to loosen the hard dry ground up. Then you need to put weed killer into the spot where you just pulled the weed from to kill any last few roots that may have been left.
Repelling the wildlife
When spring finally arrives, your home is probably in the best climate. It’s not too hot, but it’s not too cold either. Rain showers aren’t that common and usually only happen once or twice a week if that. What you need protection from are the insects that come to feast on your garden. Make sure you have plenty of bug and insect repellent that you can put on your flowers, plants and vegetables so that all your hard work isn’t, quite literally eaten up. Be careful with highly acidic formulas however as they can harm what you’re trying to protect.
A few simple small steps can make your garden fit for anything throughout the entire year. Whether it’s the winter cold that you’re trying to protect your plants from, or the autumn rain that will drench your car when outside, there are inexpensive ways you can keep mother nature at bay. Just make sure you’re not caught out by seasonal changes and you won’t need to make repairs to your home or garden.
Deborah Hunter Kells
I have a wide range of interests and the top of my list is people and relationships. I appreciate our big wide world and nature which tries so hard to deal with what we do to it. I enjoy learning and am a “forever student”. I would love to hear about you and what you have experienced – that one or both of us may learn.