Weather is one of the most hazardous things that can happen to your plants. Because of this phenomenon, many gardens have been demolished overnight. There is nothing we can do to prevent it apparently. On the other hand, we wouldn’t have those nice sunny days that are beneficial to the growth of our plants if weather didn’t exist at all. However, we wouldn’t want to have the tragic hailstorms that tear down everything we’ve worked for so many hours to grow.
Usually the first reaction in a gardener when rain starts to fall is pure joy. It means you don’t have to worry about going out and watering it manually after all. The natural rainfall is really good for your plants. However, usually a complete emotional breakdown is in order once that same gardener starts to see the gorgeous rain drops turn into small globules of ice. This is based on my experience. I had my garden completely demolished by about 10 minutes of severe hail when I was a blooming gardener.
I quickly devised a method of coping when I first learned my lesson on the damage hail can do.
Large clay pots within 10 feet of my garden are kept so that I could run outside and have the plants sheltered in a matter of seconds at any sign of hail. It saved me from being forced to watch my plants be ripped to pieces on multiple occasions. I’m guessing that if there had been any baseball sized chunks, those pots would have been quickly demolished with hail more than an inch in diameter, even though I’ve never dealt with it.
However, it became slightly impractical to have a pot for each plant as the number of fragile plants in my garden grew. Also, it is almost impossible to run outside to place each one before significant damage had already occurred. So I ended up building a horizontal, retractable screen mechanism made out of a strong but flexible wire mesh, after much thought. I could pull the screen out over my entire garden and have instant protection at any sign of rain. It will let the rain through and the collected hail provided a steady drip of water for as much as a day afterwards. I wouldn’t recommend this project to everyone since it cost me several hundred dollars, and more blood, sweat, and tears than can’t be measured with earth dollars
If it is too late that you’ve recently lost your precious plants to those wicked balls of ice, then you’re probably looking for some way to help the plants recover. Unfortunately, only a few choices are available for you. Give them the tender cares they deserve and try to nurse them back to health over a long period of time are the best things you can do. After being severely damaged by hail, the several weeks later are vital to determine whether the plant survives or not. You should keep the plant covered if you expect more rain or wind. Even raindrops or a strong breeze could cause more damage in this brittle stage.
You should definitely have some emergency plan for protecting your plants if you live in an area that experiences frequent hail. It should never been an option to sit and watch them being ripped to shreds.