Last updated: October 27, 2023
A beautiful garden is something you should be proud of and want to use as much as possible, but with the unpredictable weather we have, sometimes that’s just not possible – the rain really can ruin things.
Although your garden is certainly going to need some rain because it’s going to need some water, too much is a bad thing not just because your plants can get overwatered, but also because you won’t be able to be outside as much when it’s raining.
The good news is there are some things you can do to rainproof your garden (as much as possible, at least), so read on to find out what those things are.
Install An Awning
If you can choose the perfect awning for your outdoor space, you’ll instantly make your garden rainproof in terms of how much you can use it.
With a professionally installed awning, you’ll be able to go outside in all weathers, and if it’s raining, it won’t make any difference. In fact, sitting outside while it’s raining and you’re safe and snug under your awning is a real treat and something to be enjoyed.
Fresh air is good for you and helps to boost your mood and your immune system, so why not install an awning so you can go outside every day, no matter what? It also makes your yard look nice.
When you have proper drainage in your garden, you can stop it from getting too wet and effectively turning into a swamp when it rains a lot.
To begin with, make sure you raise your flowerbeds so that the rainwater can drain away properly.
As a bonus, this also stops the water from pooling around your plants and drowning the roots, and because it looks great too, it’s a good idea for many reasons.
Plus, when you’re making the flowerbeds, add a layer or gravel or sand under the soil. When it rains, the water essentially ‘percolates’ through the layers more easily, so it doesn’t cause any damage to your garden.
Choose The Right Plants
When you’ve got the right plants in your garden, how much rain you have won’t be such a big problem because they’ll be able to cope with the rain.
That’s why native plants should always be your first choice; they’re used to the amount of rain your particular area or country gets, so they can thrive, whereas non-native plants might find it hard to survive.
On top of that, think about how your garden looks. If there’s a slope, the rainwater is naturally going to run down it and pool at the bottom, so put the plants that need the most water in that spot, and the ones that need less at the top.
A great way to make your garden rainproof is to use greenhouses to grow at least some of your plants in. In this way, the plants will be more protected because they’ll literally be inside a structure, and they’ll also get all the benefits that a greenhouse can offer, so it’s a good idea for many reasons.
Having a greenhouse also means you can grow some more unusual plants that wouldn’t otherwise survive in harsh outdoor environments, so you’ll have a lot more choice and can enjoy experimenting with new ideas.