When hail strikes—what’s a gardener to do?
- Wait a day or two. Let the sun shine and the anger subside. The damage will be easier to evaluate after some time has passed. This is a good time to work on a new margarita recipe!
- Remove debris that could encourage the onset of disease.
- Prune selectively. Remove broken stems and leaf parts. Even parts of leaves can be removed. Make angled cuts for a more natural look.
- Feed your plants with a gentle nitrogen fertilizer. We recommend Age Old Grow or Age Old Kelp liquid fertilizer.
- Watch for insect infestations. Bad bugs tend to pick on weakened plants. Try Fertilome Triple Action, a blend of naturally occurring pesticides for your garden, or OMRI approved Safer Insect Killing Soap.
- Re-evaluate plant choice and positioning. Fine-leafed plants generally tolerate hail better than those with large leaves. Many natives are well-adapted to hail. Position plants prone to hail damage under trees or on an east facing wall or fence.
- Have a plentiful array of patio pots. Those that are spared can be moved into place while others recover.
- ANNUALS are a lifesaver! They can be purchased in full-bloom-and put in areas that need instant color and give INSTANT gratification!
- Conclusion….Keep a hail-thy attitude, and say “What the hail-where are those margaritas?”
Originally published on June 19th, 2018. Updated on August 29th, 2023.