HAIL AND SAVING YOUR PLANTS
Summer hail storms can arrive quickly and sometimes without warning, leaving your garden vulnerable to hail stones, high winds and heavy rain. Even small hail can tear or crush delicate plant leaves, leaving the plants with damage that can be difficult to recover from. Some young plants can be completely destroyed by hail storms, so protecting them before the storms arrive is critical. Common household items can be used to protect the plants from tears and breakage.
Add extra soil around the bases of plants to keep them upright and prevent the soil from washing away.
Place pots, buckets, baskets or large garbage cans over plants to protect them from hail. Weigh them down with bricks or other heavy objects.
Cover plants that are growing along a fence or building with a piece of cardboard, wood, fiberglass or other flat material. Lean it against the fence or building to provide protection. Alternatively, fit two pieces together, creating a teepee shape.
Place some stakes in the soil that reach above the highest plant. Cover the entire area with a large tarp or plastic sheet. Weigh down the corners with bricks or other heavy objects.