, Newburyport, MA


October 31, 2012

Cleaning up Sandy's damage


Some plants may become partially uprooted by the wind. Once the storm passes, you can use your foot to press smaller plants back into the ground. You want to press on the soil on the side opposite the direction the plant is leaning. This should cause the plant to return to an upright position.

If you have a larger shrub or a small tree that is leaning, you may have to loosen the soil around the base of the plant. This will allow you to push the plant into an upright position. On smaller trees, you should use a tree staking kit to keep the plant in an upright position. It will probably take several months of the tree being staked to allow the roots to re-form in the soil. After about 6 months, you can take the staking kit off and the tree should be able to support itself again.

Once the storm is over, take some time to check your yard for damage to your plants. By quickly treating any problems, you have a better chance at having the plant survive the damage.

Well, that’s all for this week. I’ll talk to you again next week.


Tim Lamprey is the owner of Harbor Garden Center on Route 1 in Salisbury. His website is Do you have questions for Tim? Send them to, and he will answer them in upcoming columns.

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