With spring showers coming through the Midwest region this week, it is important to know how to help your plants recover from the harsh winds and rain. The first thing that you should do to your plants is rinse them off.
Within a day or two of the storm, wash down any mud or salt that may have coated your plants and this can help prevent the spread of disease through any wounds that your plant may have received. Make sure to rinse them off good, getting the top and bottom and even underside of your plants. Even though the soil is already soaked, do not be too hesitant about rinsing off your plants. The water being used may help dilute some of the contaminants that the plants received from the storm.
Once the mud, salt and other contaminants have been rinsed from your plants, it is time to prune and remove any damage. Once clean, you will have a better view of what is damaged and needs to be removed for the plant’s health. Tend to trees and shrubs first for they can affect others’ personal safety if they are damaged or at risk of falling over. However, remember to remove the bare minimum since the plants are already in a more vulnerable state.
The last step is clear all debris. This debris can later be recycled or composted for future fertilizer or more. Make sure to look out for the safety of yourself and others after a storm and to avoid any actions that could cause harm. Contact professionals if trees of large branches need to be removed and do not risk injury.