While we at Urban Gardens love Mother Nature and the bounty she can bring, we also recognize that she’s a powerful force that we don’t always have control over. If you haven’t heard, New York may have a hurricane coming through soon. And if you have a garden space outdoors, you’ll want to take precautions to protect your plants.
Start by moving any smaller pots or containers indoors or closer to your house. If you can’t move them very far, try clustering them together so they can help protect each other from wind and rain. Also take down any hanging baskets you might have. They are not only fragile and vulnerable in the air, but they can also be dangerous if they dislodge during the storm.
If you have wooden stakes in the ground, push them as far down into the ground as you can. Strong winds can pull them free and create a serious hazard. If you have any garden ornaments, such as small statues, birdhouses, garbage cans, umbrellas, etc., shelter them somewhere safe from the storm.
Strong winds have a tendency to blow things away… so don’t forget about your gardening tools. They can be dangerous flying through the air (especially metal ones) and you probably don’t want to have to buy a whole new set after the storm has passed.
Most importantly, make sure you don’t try to do this during the storm or when it is just about to hit. We love our gardens, but we love our readers more. Be sure to take proper precautions to protect your home and yourself before your garden.