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13 garden jobs you must do when heavy rain falls

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If you're a keen gardening enthusiast, you will always keep an eye on the weather forecast. However, even those of you with less experience can translate what a dismal prediction will mean for your garden. 

If you've taken the time to create a slice of outdoor heaven, or hired a professional to transform your space, you'll need to know what to do before, during and after heavy rain, so here we are with all the advice you'll ever need.

Your garden won't be able to thank you, but year-round healthy blooms will be thanks enough!

1. Before: Remove any dead limbs and heads as these can fall off under heavy rain and clog drains

2. Before: Try to support tall plants with stakes or else they might snap if the wind gets up

Contemporary Cottage Garden:  Garden by Yorkshire Gardens
Yorkshire Gardens

Contemporary Cottage Garden

Yorkshire Gardens

3. Before: Make sure you have adequate drainage and that any grates are free of debris

4. Before: Cover the most delicate plants so they aren't damaged by torrential downpours

Traditional Garden - Decked Seating Area:  Garden by Unique Landscapes
Unique Landscapes

Traditional Garden—Decked Seating Area

Unique Landscapes

5. During: Turn your compost and mulch in the rain to ensure everything gets an even drenching

A Modern Garden with Traditional Materials:  Garden by Yorkshire Gardens
Yorkshire Gardens

A Modern Garden with Traditional Materials

Yorkshire Gardens

6. During: Keep an eye on pots and planters to make sure they aren't flooding and move if necessary

7. After: Prevent slugs and snails from invading by sprinkling salt on your wet paths and terraces

8. After: Check on any root vegetables you're growing and re-cover any exposed roots with soil

Vegetable garden witihn a country estate:  Garden by Roeder Landscape Design Ltd
Roeder Landscape Design Ltd

Vegetable garden witihn a country estate

Roeder Landscape Design Ltd

9. After: Get weeding done while the soil is moist as they'll pull straight out!

10. After: Pick mint after the rain and it will be revived and perfect for cooking with or making into tea

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Bandon Interior Design

Country Cottage Garden

Bandon Interior Design

11. After: Similarly, lettuce is always freshest after a shower so make it a salad after a rainstorm

Mote Avenue, Maidstone:  Garden by Cowen Garden Design
Cowen Garden Design

Mote Avenue, Maidstone

Cowen Garden Design

12. After: Don't walk on the lawn straight after heavy rain as it will be sodden and prone to misshaping

13. After: If rain is pooling on the lawn, you'll have to walk on it to give it a fork. This will drain the collected water.

More more seasonal garden advice, take a look at this Ideabook: 14 Ideas To Get Your Garden Shipshape For Autumn.

Do you look after your garden come rain or shine?
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