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How to protect plants from the wind: from stakes to underground systems, from windbreak plants to alternative protections for trees and plants.
If you need to plant plants in very windy areas, it will be necessary to install systems to protect the plants. Among the most common systems are the stakes with wooden poles (stalk tutoring) while the clod anchoring systems are more complex.
The root ball anchoring systems are necessary for palm trees and tall trees that are at risk of being uprooted by strong winds. The clod anchoring systems are necessary above all in the early stages of planting, until the plant develops a dense root system to guarantee its stability.
How to protect pot plants from the wind:plants on the balcony or terrace
In the case of potted plants on the balcony or terrace, to protect them from the wind, just use windbreaks and arrange interlocking stones between one vase and another to ensure maximum stability.
The plants on the balcony or terrace, due to the wind, can suffer from rapid drying, to avoid this occurring, water the plants more frequently. In case of drought, potted plants exposed in windy areas should be watered even in winter.
If the pot is large enough, consider using a stake, that is a pole able to keep the structure of the plant erect. For the use of the guardians, please refer to the appropriate paragraph.
To protect potted plants from the wind, along the perimeter of your terrace or garden, you can grow windbreak plants. For more information, please read the page:plants that protect from the wind.
How to protect plants from the wind:anchors in the subsoil
In the case of a large and already well developed plant, the use of the clod anchoring system is recommended.
The anchoring system is widely used especially for palm trees. The main advantages of anchoring the clod are two:
- on the surface there are no traces of the intervention.
- The plant acquires greater stability and freedom to swing, thus encouraging the emission of new roots to hook to the ground.
Among the disadvantages of this technique is that it is not possible to do it yourself, it is necessary to contact specialized companies that will insert the anchors in the subsoil, fixing the plant well.
How to protect trees from the wind:braces and other support posts
The wooden posts used as braces cannot be "natural". Unfortunately, contact with soil moisture would cause the wood to rot in no time at all. Use treated poles, the ideal would be to burn them (without carbonizing them). Flaming the wood helps eliminate possible parasites present and increases the durability of the wood. If you decide to use the same braces for several years, it will be necessary to tar the base. For a faster do-it-yourself treatment, you can carefully wash the support poles of sodium hypochlorite (the common bleach).
How to mount plant stakes
If the stake goes alongside a plant that has been planted for years or a plant planted with a root ball, it must be appropriately spaced. In these circumstances it is appropriate to insert between poles arranged at 120 degrees from each other. The braces are then joined in pairs with a rope that passes around the stem.
If the stake must be fixed at the same time as the planting of a bare root plant, you can dig a larger hole and place the pole next to the small stem of the tree.
The support posts will need to be strong enough to support the log. The best wooden posts for plant support are locust, ash and chestnut. The posts must be at least 180 - 200 cm long.
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