Storm Damage - Tips for your garden recovery

After the recent spell of bad weather, it’s important to look after your fruit trees and bushes.  Whilst the winter pruning should be left until December or January when the trees are fully dormant, any heavily damaged branches should be removed immediately. 

Sam & Peter Baker in full recovery mode at Cloughjordan House

Sam & Peter Baker in full recovery mode at Cloughjordan House

To remove the branches, use a sharp, clean implement, a saw or pruning shears depending on the thickness of the material and remove the branch below the break and just above a bud or stem.  Where bark is torn from the main trunk or branches, sealers made from natural products or synthetics can be procured from a good garden supplier.  These sealants act like a bandage, keeping dirt and excess moisture from the wound so it can heal properly. 

Good care and maintenance are essential to having a healthy and productive tree or shrub.  Follow this simple plan and your garden will begin its recovery and be back to full health in time for Spring!

Coming next:  What to plant at this time of year…