Rain is usually beneficial for flowerbeds. It hydrates your flowers and plants, preventing them from drying out and dying. But too much rain can wreak havoc on your flowerbeds.
If there’s heavy rainfall in your area that lasts for a prolonged length of time, it can leave the soil waterlogged while saturating your flowers and plants with excess water.
While you can’t control the amount of rainfall in your area, there are ways to protect your flowerbed from heavy rain.
Use a Trellis to Support Tall Flowers and Plants
Tall flowers and plants are particularly vulnerable to damage caused by heavy rain. As rain continues to pour on them, it will make them top heavy, potentially causing them to fall over or even break in half.
You can give your tall flowers and plants a helping hand using a trellis. Position a trellis next to your tall flowers and plants and use twine or cordage to secure them in place.
Trellises act as a supporting structure that holds up your flowers and plants even when rainwater is weighing them down.
Cover Soil With Mulch
Applying mulch in your flowerbeds can also protect them from heavy rain. Some homeowners assume that mulch is used strictly for aesthetics, but this isn’t necessarily true.
While adding mulch certainly improves the appearance of flowerbeds by making them look cleaner, it also protects the soil from erosion. Without mulch, heavy rainfall may literally wash away the top layer of soil in your flowerbeds.
If left unchecked, this erosion will continue until the surface soil of your flowerbeds is deformed and no longer able to drain rainwater away.
Position Gutter Splash Blocks
If there are downspouts near your flowerbeds, make sure the splash blocks are positioned correctly so that water doesn’t pool up around your flowers and plants.
Contrary to what some homeowners believe, the fat end of splash blocks should be positioned farthest away from the gutters. Positioning your splash blocks in the opposite manner allows more water to escape, which will leach into your flowerbeds and potentially harm your flowers and plants.
Cover Delicate Flowers and Plants
You can also cover delicate flowers and plants to protect them from heavy rain. If there’s severe weather in the forecast, place a plastic tarp over your delicate flowers and plants.
Some rainwater will likely make its way past the tarp and into the soil. However, a tarp will significantly reduce the amount of water that falls on your flowers and plants.
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