Protecting Plants From The Wind
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Protecting plants from wind is something that should be on the mind of any gardener. We may not think of wind as damaging to plants, but the wind will speed up the evaporation process in the ground, therefore depraving your plants of much needed moisture. Though plants are able to survive on their own for the most part they will still need your help when it comes to the harsh elements. When it is windy outside, check the soil quality by placing your index finger on the ground to see how dry it is and add the necessary amount of water to keep moisture inside. Protecting plants from the elements is necessary since wind can transmit pores and bacteria which can lay the foundation of mold growth. One way to remedy this is to lay down some mulch where your plant is to hold in moisture and protect your soil from the elements. Winds from thunderstorms can offset your soil bed and possibly damage your plants. Protecting plants from the elements may also require a protective screen that will block strong wind. Get a sense of wind direction and place any screen against the oncoming wind to shield your plants from harm. If you live in areas that prone to extreme weather then have small screens handy in case of sudden bursts in air. You can also use natural barriers like shrubs or bushes to protect fragile plants.
Be sure to prune your plants regularly in order to get rid of weak stems and leaves so you can ensure healthy plants that can withstand strong wind. Try to avoid using screens since strong wind can blow them away and possibly snag on your plants, damaging them in the process. There are also wind resistant trees such as mountain ash compact willows which are not only great plants to grow, but will provide plenty of wind protection against more fragile plants. Protecting plants from wind is necessary when newborn plants are trying to grow on their own. Wind can blow away the soil nutrients they need while damaging them at the same time. The best way to remedy this is with a barrier, natural or artificial, and this will be a great help in cutting down on wind damage. Purchase a wind direction device to get sense of the wind and set up your barrier accordingly. If you have indoor plants then bring them indoors and away from outside harm.