Renovate Your Garden And Brighten Up Your Life.

By: Gambo Navi

Weather - This is the combination of rainfall, temperature, wind sunshine and air moisture which affects your garden at a particular point in time. You can help defend your garden against climate and weather changes with some easy renovation work.

Climate - Is the summing up of the weather that is likely to affect your garden all through the year. The climate maps of your area can be used as a rough guide only. They provide averages over many years instead of telling you the extremes of weather conditions which you are likely to enjoy (or suffer) during a particular year. In addition, the overall climate of your region will probably much modified by the factors all around the garden (the local climate) and the factors around each plant (the microclimate).

Overall - The general climate can provide a rough guide to the weather you can expect in your garden. In Britain it varies from nearly sub-tropical (S.W. coastal areas) to almost sub-arctic (N.Scottish highlands). The general climate is controlled by the latitude, altitude, direction of the prevailing wind as well as closeness to the sea. The effect of latitude is apparent to everyone, southern gardens are warmer than northern ones. The effect of being close to the sea is equally well known, western coastal gardens are kept virtually frost-free by the Gulf Stream. Less well known is the effect of small increases in altitude and the plant-damaging effect of salt in coastal areas for as much as 5 miles inland.

Local climate - The local climate is the modified form of general climate. A little renovation work cancertainly help in this area. It is controlled by:
Slope - a south facing sloping site starts its growing season about 1 week before a level plot.
Openness - nearby trees and bushes can cast shade and reduce solar energy, but they do also reduce the damaging effect of high gusts of wind.
Proximity of buildings - town gardens are affected in lots of ways by the proximity of walls, houses etc. Walls cast shadows and thus reduce solar energy, they can also cast rain shadows and so decrease rainfall. Walls affect the temperature, heat is released over night and south facing walls can form a sun trap.

Soil type - frosts tend to be more likely to occur over sandy soils than over heavy ones.

Proximity of water - a nearby large lake can have a good cooling effect on hot summer days.

Micro climate - The is the modified form of local climate in the immediate vicinity of a plant. Big variations can occur from one part of your garden to another part. Nearby walls and hedges or overhanging plants will of course lead to less light and less rainfall than in an open garden, the effect of this rain shadow can be to cut the water supply to only 25% of the rainfall in an open garden. On the credit side the effect of nearby walls and plants is to reduce the risk of frost on clear, still nights and to scale back the harmful effect of wind. The overall climate cannot, of course, be changed. The local climate is usually impossible to alter but they can often be improved by introducing cloches or windbreaks. Carrying out some renovation work to your garden can be a great help against the elements.

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A fantastic period of my time is spent in my garden. One of the jobs I enjoy a lot is crrying out renovation work. I find it helps me to unwind and forget everything, apart from the work I am doing.

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