How to make your garden storm-proof

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Storms can also take on hurricane proportions in Germany. Wind speeds of 160 kilometers per hour and more cause considerable damage - even in your own garden. Insurance companies experience more damage from storms and storms every year. With the following measures you can make your garden storm-proof, in the last second - or in the long run.

Secure planters before the storm

Potted plants must be placed under storm in the house, basement or garage safely. Too heavy planters should at least be brought close to the wall of the house and placed close together. So they give each other a hold. In the specialized trade there are also so-called pot supports with which they can make planters, which are too heavy to move, additionally storm-proof. In the case of very tall plants, we recommend placing them on the side together with the vessel and interlocking them with others, or complaining or binding them with weights. Lying on the side, even large potted plants can roll - but only in an emergency, since the substrate falls out and the plants can take considerable damage from kinked branches or the like. Hanging pegs or exposed pots on wall projections, ledges or the like must always be caught before they break in the wind.

To bring in decorative elements and garden furniture

Fragile garden decorations such as sculptures, bowls, objects of light or art should be brought in by storm unless you are absolutely stable or protected. Garden furniture and Co. must also be brought to dry. The danger of the storm taking hold is too high.

Protect garden tools and equipment from wind and rain

Secure garden tools and equipment. They should not be exposed to heavy wind or precipitation. Straight technical devices could carry considerable damage or become unusable.

Tie up trees and shrubs

Trees and shrubs can be fixed to the last with ropes and pegs. Be careful not to over-tighten the ropes so that the plants can move with the wind. Just newly planted or young trees should be provided with a tree pole. It is also advisable to secure climbing plants and loose tendrils with a rope so that they are not torn away.

Danger by trees

Basically, deciduous trees are much stormier in winter than during the rest of the year. Since they dropped all their foliage in the fall and are therefore bare, they offer less attack surface to the wind and do not uproot so easily. Nevertheless, they should always check leaves without leaves for rotten, loose or fragile branches - and remove them immediately. The risk of falling branches or branches injuring pedestrians in the event of a storm or causing damage to houses and cars is then significantly lower. In the immediate vicinity of power lines, flying branches can even become life-threatening.

  • Storm damage caused by fallen trees

tie young tree storm-proof

Especially young trees should be tethered in a storm

Dismantle garden trampolines before the storm

Climbing frames, sandpits, swings and more and more trampolines are now an integral part of many gardens. Since they are exposed to the weather all year round, they should be built very solid and ideally anchored in the ground. Unfortunately, this is often not the case with garden trampolines, which have been virtually indispensable to children's gardens for some years now. Therefore, manufacturers strongly advise trampolines to be dismantled in time for a storm. They offer wind and gusts very much attack surface and can be carried several meters in the storm. For lighter winds, special ground anchors will do. If you are surprised by a strong storm and your trampoline is still outside in the garden, you should - if available - remove the protective tarpaulin. Thus, the wind can at least partially pass through the tissue and does not lift the device immediately.

Building garden sheds safely

Do you have a garden shed in your garden? To defy storms, you should pay attention to the following points from the beginning. Garden houses are usually made of wood. A weather-resistant impregnation is therefore essential and should be renewed regularly. Since the individual wooden planks are usually only put together, wind can loosen this and in the worst case bring the garden house to collapse. Therefore, invest in storm bars, which are fastened to all four corners of the house and which compress and stabilize the individual planks. The screws that secure storm bars should be checked regularly; they loosen up over time. So-called storm angles prevent the garden shed from breaking the foundation during a storm. They are installed inside or outside.Canopies still increase the possibilities of storm damage. Unless you can fold them in stormy conditions, the support posts must be extremely well anchored in the ground and ideally embedded in the foundation. As a last-minute measure, take a tour around the garden shed and attach all moving parts such as shutters.

Windbreak through wooden elements or walls

Gabions are a good windbreak

With gabions, a good windbreak can be integrated into the garden

When planning the garden, it is worthwhile to include the draft shield right from the start, thus avoiding future damage. Wood elements structure gardens and blend harmoniously into the green. Important is a minimum height of 180 to 200 centimeters. Standard wooden models are available in many different versions in every tree market. They can also be mounted relatively easily. The wooden wall should be very well anchored in the ground, as gusts of wind or storms can develop a tremendous power. Wooden trellis overgrown with climbing plants such as ivy, clematis or honeysuckle have proven to be more storm-proof than closed wooden walls. So they are also very good as a windbreak.
Walls are usually very massive and only find enough space in large gardens to avoid being overwhelming. Windbreak walls should also be at least 180 centimeters high. However, the wind is broken in walls as well as closed wooden walls, so that on the other side air turbulence can arise. For them, a solid ground anchoring is essential. A slightly more permeable variant of a stone windbreak wall are gabions, so filled with stones wire baskets.

Windbreak trees

Hedges and shrubs are sometimes even better than windbreak for the garden as structural elements. The wind catches in and is slowed down so gently, instead of fully bouncing on an obstacle. Ideal are hedges from trees of life, yew trees or false cypresses, which are beautifully dense all year round. Hawthorn or field maple hedges have proven to be very robust. Hornbeam or red beech hedges, on the other hand, are more wind-permeable and can not quite keep out storms, for example from the terrace. What they all have in common is that they are firmly anchored in the ground in a very natural way and only torn out in extreme storms. The roots quickly grow together with tightly planted hedges, forming a barely removable mount in the ground.

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