Post Hail Depression

If you are suffering from a PhD (Post Hail Depression) because your garden looks like a war zone, please don’t despair. Nature has a fantastic way of healing. Here are some quick helpful tips to get your garden right quickly:


General gardens

  • Prune back damaged foliage
  • Fertilise with 5:1:5 and water
  • Rake up loose foliage on the ground – this makes beautiful weed free compost
  • Loosen the soil as it has compacted after the hail storms
  • Mulch areas
  • Water as much as possible
  • If damaged foliage is protecting new growth, please try and leave it, as by removing it this will create a growth spurt for the new foliage and leave it unprotected in the event of another storm


  • Cut back damaged foliage and fertilise
  • If badly damaged prune right back
  • Restake damaged standards

Cycads/ Cycases

  • If you can bare it, keep the damaged foliage, as removing it will quickly promote new growth which will not be protected in the event of another storm (remove the damaged foliage towards the end of February
  • Apply bone meal


  • Remove damaged foliage and check for scale (treat with Oleum)


  • Lawns will start to appear patchy, as they can be very compacted, and the available nutrients are not evenly distributed
  • Spike if necessary
  • Fertilise with 2:3:2 and water
  • Water regularly thereafter


  • Remove damaged veggies and leaves.
  • Root crops, such as radishes and beets, should survive as long as their tops aren’t too badly damaged. It is a bit late for tomatoes and peppers


  • These should recover quite fast, especially Begonias and Impatiens
  • Trim them back, fertilize them lightly and give them extra water for a days to promote new growth

Most plants should come back relatively quickly with some water and fertiliser

The aim is to get as much growth and vitality back into the plants before winter

Should you wish to get any more advice please don’t hesitate to contact me

Happy Gardening