Have you been affected by the storms in the UK during the last week, or were you able to view the TV footage from the safety and comfort of your armchair?
The amount of damage that can be done by stormy weather in a short space of time is quite shocking, as we discovered when a large section of oak tree crashed into our garden this week.
It demolished part of a smaller tree, garden furniture (note to self to store furniture in the shed during winter) and our lovingly built hazel fence in it’s wake.
However, as long as you’re insured and nobody is hurt it can be a bit of a blessing in disguise. A fallen tree can leave a gaping hole (if you’re quick there’s time to plant a new one) but it may also open up attractive views and give a new dimension to your garden.
This part of our garden will now have a lot more light in summer, the grass that has always been prone to moss, because of the shade, will be much easier to manage and the understory of small plants will now get their fair share of rain.
If your garden has been affected, you might have to re-think some of the planting as the conditions will be quite different in future. Partial shade will become less shady, though many plants can adapt to this and there may be the opportunity to grow a wider range of plants in what was once a difficult area.
I’ll be interested to see how the plants develop in their new setting, but I’ll wait until the autumn before I decide to make any changes.
This tree was probably already damaged, as indicated by the dark marking on the inside of the trunk (see photo at top of page).
If you have large trees near your house that you’re concerned about, you can get advice from a professional tree surgeon, look on the Arboricultural Association website for further information.
Do hope you’ve avoided any storm damage?