To have a garden in the UK is a luxury. There is huge potential for beautiful plants, growing one’s own food, and having a private patch of natural beauty. The cost of such a seasonal climate, however, is unpredictability and, of course, a substantial amount of rain. This leads many homeowners to entirely neglect their outdoor spaces for much of the year, stepping outside only during the most reliably sunny periods.
It is in the interest of homeowners to protect their garden not solely for their own enjoyment, however, but also for the ongoing value of their assets and the prevention of damage. Rain, for example, can cause great distress to a number of garden features, from flooding and displacing land to the rusting of garden furniture. To ensure that these troubles are kept at bay and to best preserve a garden space within the UK’s climate, we’ve collected the most important tips for homeowners.
Protect Your Pots
Stabling pots against strong winds, preparing them for heavy rainfall, and positioning them in a safe place, are vital habits for those not wanting to see them break or encourage harm to come to the plants inside. For those in particularly cold areas, it might also be worth adding a layer of insulation to the pots of sensitive plants during winter. And don’t forget, rolling and falling pots can also end up damaging other parts of the home and garden too.
Choose Appropriate Furniture
Too often do homeowners who live among the salty sea air or those in generally wet climates choose garden furniture that is not made to weather their weather. Unless you are willing to consistently store furniture during poor weather conditions or give them the due maintenance they will require, it is preferable to seek our more robust alternatives, such as rattan corner dining sets, instead of those that will quickly worsen.
Stop The Flood
Heavy rainfall will, over time, severely impact your earth. If you are without support, such as drainage and trees, you may notice your soil slowly shifting around the outdoor space, as well as potentially affecting your home too. Keep an eye on your garden during heavier rainfall and ensure that the water it collects is able to dissipate appropriately and without collecting in specific areas.
Tie It Down
Underestimating the wind is a pitfall for many homeowners. Washing lines, gutters, trampolines, decorations, and even plants are commonly removed from their expected position by an all-too-strong gale. If such items are already given their due foundation, then it is paramount that they are at least given extra support during poor weather conditions, or else you may have to collect them from your neighbours!
Insulate Your Structures
Sheds, cabins, and outbuildings can all be adversely affected by poor weather. Covering them properly will protect them from rain but they may also require insulation during the colder months, not only for their continued usability but also to prevent structural damage from occurring. Frost and winds can weaken both the foundations and structures of outbuildings and should be protected accordingly.