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  • Writer's pictureAaron Cull

How to Protect Your Calgary Yard from Severe Thunderstorms and Hail

Severe thunderstorms and hail can wreak havoc on your Calgary yard, causing significant damage to plants, trees, and outdoor structures. By taking proactive measures, you can minimize the impact of these storms and protect your beautiful landscape. Here are some practical strategies to safeguard your yard:

Landscaping Solutions

Strategic Planting: Plant trees and shrubs with flexible branches that are less likely to break. Trees like willows, birches, and certain types of maples are more resilient against storm damage. Place these plants strategically to act as windbreaks, reducing wind speed and the impact of hail. Consult Evergreen LTD’s arborists for the best tree and shrub selections for your yard.

Mulching: Using mulch in flower beds and around plants can help prevent soil erosion during heavy rain. In Calgary, you can find quality mulch at local garden centers like Greengate Garden Centres and Blue Grass Nursery & Garden Centre. Mulch also helps retain soil moisture and suppresses weeds, providing an added benefit to your plants.

Windbreaks: Create natural windbreaks using dense hedges or fencing. Shrubs like cedars or junipers are excellent choices for hedges, providing both wind protection and privacy. A well-placed fence can also serve as a sturdy barrier against strong winds and hail.

Protective Covers

Hail Protection Nets: Installing hail protection nets over vulnerable plants, gardens, and patio areas can absorb the impact of hailstones. These nets are available at garden supply stores and online retailers like Amazon. They’re especially useful for protecting delicate plants and vegetables.

Temporary Covers: Use tarps or other temporary covers for delicate plants and outdoor furniture when a storm is forecast. Store these items in a convenient location for quick deployment. Local hardware stores like Home Depot and Canadian Tire carry a variety of protective covers suitable for this purpose.

Drainage and Water Management

Proper Grading: Ensure your yard slopes away from your home to prevent water accumulation. This grading helps direct water flow and prevents flooding near your foundation. If you’re unsure about your yard’s grading, Evergreen LTD can provide an assessment and recommend solutions.

Gutters and Downspouts: Maintain clean gutters and downspouts to ensure proper water flow away from the house. Clogged gutters can lead to water damage and basement flooding. Regularly inspect and clean your gutters, especially before the storm season.

French Drains: Consider installing French drains or other drainage systems to manage heavy rainfall. These systems help redirect water away from your property, reducing the risk of waterlogging and erosion. Professional installation by Evergreen LTD ensures effective water management tailored to your yard’s needs.

Maintenance and Preparation

Tree Trimming: Regularly trim trees and remove dead branches that could break off during a storm. Proper pruning reduces the risk of fallen branches causing damage. Evergreen LTD offers professional tree trimming services to keep your trees healthy and safe.

Secure Loose Items: Before a storm, secure or store away loose items like patio furniture, grills, and decorations to prevent them from becoming projectiles. Store these items in a garage or shed, or anchor them securely to prevent movement.

Monitoring and Alerts

Weather Monitoring: Use weather monitoring apps and local alerts to stay informed about upcoming storms. Apps like WeatherCAN and The Weather Network (apple) (android) provide real-time updates and warnings. Staying informed allows you to take timely actions to protect your yard.

Implementing these measures can significantly reduce the risk and impact of severe thunderstorms and hail on your yard. For expert advice and professional services, trust Evergreen LTD to help you maintain a beautiful and resilient landscape.

Don’t wait until a storm hits. Contact Evergreen LTD today to schedule a consultation and prepare your yard for severe weather. Our team of experts is ready to help you protect your property and ensure its long-term health and beauty.

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