There is nothing worse than a wild wind undoing all of your hard work in the garden – blowing the fruit off your trees and sending your veggies bowing to the ground. And for some reason August and September always seem the gustiest.
With the peak growing season of spring just around the corner, it is essential to get damaging winds under control if you want to see lots of great new growth. Plus, with the fire season just around the corner, it is best to limit any broken branches or leaves blowing onto your property.
There are a few tips and tricks you can follow to protect your precious plants from damaging gusts:
• Give your trees a good prune, particularly those that are a bit long and thin, or very top heavy.
• Plant wind-hardy trees and bamboos to act as sturdy wind breaks against the prevailing gusts.
• Tether climbers to wooden stakes to stop them from bowing under high winds.
• Plant with the wind in mind. Position wind-hardy fruit trees such as citruses, olives, macadamias and jaboticabas, on the front-line of your property where the wind is at its worst. Put your more wind-sensitive plants in protected areas, such as pawpaws up against the most protected side of your house where they can enjoy some shelter.
High winds don’t just affect plants – they dry out the soil. Protect your soil by making sure it’s always covered with mulch or groundcovers. Healthy soils retain their moisture well, so be sure to build up your soil by adding compost, worm castings, animal manures or other organic fertilisers.
By planting proactively and ensuring your soil is healthy and fertile, damaging winds should blow on by.
These tips have been provided by Happy Earth, the blog by Alison Mellor and Richard Walter, both recognised on the cover of the Wollongong White Pages and Yellow Pages by Sensis as Australians Creating a Better Future,