Experts Say It Could Be A Wet Summer – Here’s How Landscape Design Can Help To Proof Your Garden Against Unseasonable Weather
We all long for those gorgeous summer afternoons but sometimes the weather just has other plans. That’s all well and good for us – we can go inside – but the same can’t be said for our gardens. Many people find that they struggle with keeping their garden in good condition through periods of unseasonable weather. But did you know that landscape design could help?
In this article, we’ll be taking a look through some basic landscape design implementations that could keep your garden looking at its best even when the weather refuses to cooperate.
Raised Flower Beds
If your garden experiences periods of unseasonal flooding then raised flower beds could be one of the most effective ways to keep your plantlife safe. The reasons for this aren’t at all complicated – in fact they’re almost painfully simple. Flood/rain water pools and the higher your flower bed, the further it will be from areas at risk of pooling. This will help to prevent your plants from getting damaged or even drowned by flooding.
One thing it’s always good to consider in landscape design is the direction of the prevailing wind. A combination of fences and incorporating verticality in your design can go a long way to mitigating harsh winds which is a benefit for both you and your garden.
Furthermore, if you have a large fence on the west side of your garden, then it may be worth considering placing a flower bed beside it. While it will cut down a little on the amount of sunlight your plants get, it will also give them the best possible protection from strong winds.
A Covered Patio Area
While patio areas are generally about having a place for people to sit and enjoy themselves in the garden, that’s no reason not to incorporate some of your more delicate flower beds into the design. Furthermore, by having your patio at least partially covered, you create a safe space to move potted plants during storms. And, of course, that’s not to mention the fact that covered outdoor areas are perfect for when the weather turns on you and your guests.
Plants love water and while remembering to water them is always a priority, ensuring that they don’t get too much water can often be just as important. When you get right down to it, good landscape design isn’t just about making sure your garden is a nicer place to relax, but it’s also about creating a sustainable area that’s easy to look after in the long run and won’t cause you hassle down the line.