Your patio should be your
own special haven.
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.
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!
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,
then along comes a Colorado hail storm and the plants are shredded.
Have hope! The annual plants in our containers usually recover fairly
Sometimes they aren’t as damaged as the plants in the yard because they
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
flowers and buds removed. The plant needs it’s energy to grow new
plants can be cut back such as petunia, verbena, coleus, alyssum,
ipomea (sweet potato vine). Geraniums can lose up to 50% of their
still recover. If necessary, you can leave some of the damaged leaves
plant and remove them later as new growth fills in. Grasses and other
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
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
tel: (970) 988-3808