Whilst the high winds and heavy rain has disrupted many people’s plans across the Christmas period, a more lasting impact has been felt with the damage done to gardens across the country.
With creative features in some cases, dismantled by the wind, and plants along with garden lawns waterlogged by the relentless rain, many people’s pride and joy has been largely affected.
Whilst the extreme conditions, on the whole, appear to be settling, households across the country are left with the aftermath of the gale force winds, and torrential downpours.
Over the festive period images have appeared through a variety of mediums, with people posting pictures on social media of the scene in their area. Images of lampposts, trees, and road signs all fallen have been seen, and the same impact can have occurred upon a garden design feature. Many have now incorporated a constructed piece into their design, varying from a shelter for a seating area, to a grand water feature. However with the forceful winds it is extremely possible that a feature such as these may have been affected in some way, or had damage caused to it.
The heavy rain has caused large parks to become waterlogged, with vast areas underwater. Soil can also become waterlogged and this can be the cause of some plants dying. Water begins to fill the air pockets in the soil, from which the plant’s roots usually take oxygen. In the longer term, if water continues to fill the air pockets, it can cause the soil to become stagnate, having a knock on effect to your garden design, as the growth of roots becomes impeded, and thus your garden design won’t flourish as hoped.
Despite the large amount of rain that has fallen, it may be difficult to tell whether the soil on your garden is in fact waterlogged. There are common symptoms to look out for, including a change in colour of the plant, as it may begin to develop a yellow tinge as the leaves begin to wilt. As well as this, you can tell whether the soil is waterlogged by pulling up the root of the plant. Should a distinctive bad smell linger from the root of the plant then it is more than likely that the soil has been waterlogged.
How have you been affected by the harsh weather conditions over the festive period? Whether it be your travel plans that had to subsequently be changed, or if the elements have impacted upon your garden design, leaving a need for repair, you can get in contact with us through any of our social media channels.