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Sound Familiar?

This newsletter was originally published in June of 2009. Just two years ago we had seriously damaging, localized hail storms. Although the view from the window late Thursday night was horrific, the damage I discovered in the garden  was not as severe as it seemed.

If you know or think a hail storm is coming, your plants would really appreciate being covered. Use a drop cloth or an old sheet or blanket. Anything that doesn't crush the plants will keep them from being defoliated by the hail. Do not, however, use your own body to cover the plants! Stay inside once the hail comes... no plant is worth the possible injury you can get from hail.

It's not too late for planting!

When your guests admire your lovely container gardens, please refer them to Patio Plants Unlimited.  It's not too late in the season to set plants into containers! You can earn $25 off next year's planting service for each referral.

Gardening in Hail Country

Just short of one month after planting, the flowers are really coming on strong, and then along comes a Colorado hail storm and the plants are shredded. It’s so disheartening!

Have hope! The annual plants in our containers usually recover fairly quickly. Sometimes they aren’t as damaged as the plants in the yard because they are sheltered by the house.  Also, since they are in containers and not on the ground, the second bounce from the hail stones isn’t as damaging.

To help your plants recover quickly, clean up the fallen leaves and petals. A plant with moderate to severe damage should have the flowers and buds removed. The plant needs it’s energy to grow new leaves! Many plants can be cut back such as petunia, verbena, coleus, alyssum, impatiens and ipomea (sweet potato vine). Geraniums can lose up to 50% of their leaves and still recover. If necessary, you can leave some of the damaged leaves on the plant and remove them later as new growth fills in. Grasses and other slender-leaved plants rarely show any hail damage at all. In the photo above, the banana tree has significant damage to it's leaves, but the smaller plants underneath show almost no damage at all.

For more information about hail damage in the garden and yard, check this CSU Extension Fact Sheet:

Gardening is an art of patience. Be patient as the plants recover and they will reward you with new blooms before you know it!

I sincerely hope your patio is your own special haven. If there’s anything I can do to make your patio more enjoyable, you can call me at (970) 988-3808 or e-mail me .

Stephanie Selig
tel: (970) 988-3808