There's so much more to a great yard than just mowing the lawn.

Hail No!

Hail Damage in May

This is how our front yard looked 2 hours after the first hail storm

My house got pummeled by hail not once, but twice, within the past two days. Sheesh. Talk about incredible to watch and disheartening to deal with.

If the same thing happened to you, you might be interested in the post I wrote last year about dealing with hail damage in the landscape. It might be helpful to read through it before you start pulling plants out and cutting them back. I’ve also made a video about what to do– and not do– to help your landscape plants recover from hail damage.

The same recommendations I wrote last year still apply, with two additional thoughts. First, since it’s about two weeks earlier than when we had the big hailstorm last year, it’s still worthwhile to consider replanting your cool season leafy vegetables, like spinach, lettuce, chard and kale.

Shredded leaves from hail

Shredded leaves from the tree above litter the sidewalk

Second, as I’m sure you learned last time around, it’s best to wash shredded leaves off driveways, cars, windows and sidewalks before they dry out. If you leave them to dry out before you clean them up, they get very sticky and it’s hard to remove them.

Living in Colorado is never boring, that’s for sure!


Is it snow or is it hail? It’s hail. On May 7.




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