Was your garden wrecked in the hail storm? Some tips from a gardening expert

You're not alone if you are trying to figure out what to do with your damaged plants.

KUSA - The clean-up effort from Monday's storm not only covers cars and roofs, but also gardens.

You're not alone if you are trying to figure out what to do with your damaged plants.

One day after the hailstorm, Brandee Wharton assessed the damage to her home garden.

"I didn’t see it. I didn’t know it was so bad," she said.

The hail crushed part of her garden and now she isn't taking any more risks; she's keeping a tarp over the plants.

Harriett McMillan, a horticulture specialist at Echter's Nursery and Garden Center, said there's still hope to save some plants.

"Don't panic. Take a deep breath. It's living in Colorado," she said.

If the plants are smashed, McMillan says it's less likely the plants will recover, but if the leaves are damaged or the stems broken, trimming will help.

"Pruning stimulates growth," McMillan said.

McMillan said first thing to do is a general clean-up of the area and remove the damaged parts of the plants. This includes trimming off any hanging stems and removing the debris in the area.

If there are only stems, trim them by back by half and new leaves could grow, then loosen the soil since hail and heavy rain can compact soil.

Next, wait around a week and a half before fertilizing to give the plants a chance to develop new growth. Then use a gentle fertilizer like fish emulsion or seaweed growth.

After normal growth has started, you can use regular fertilizer.

"It’s early in the season. It's early in the game," McMillan said. 

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