Here's what I'm doing in my own garden but I bet it isn't enough here in D.C., scheduled to take the worst of Irene between tomorrow night and midday Sunday.
- I took in all the garden furniture, at least the lightweight stuff.
- I'm taking in as many pots as I can, leaving only the heaviest and bunching the others in seemingly more protected spots.
- I'm thinking about using sheets or weighted-down tarps over the bare spots of earth on a slope.
- It's not too late to do a little pruning of trees and large shrubs, to remove anything dead or dying and create more openings for wind to pass through.
Of course that's just the garden and more importantly, the power company is telling us – by making automated phone calls to every single customer, which I just now received – to prepare for several days without power. I hate it when that happens!
ADDENDUM: I found some very authoritative-looking landscape prep advice on the Metro DC Lawn and Garden Blog. Written by Floridian Betsy Franz, who ought to know.
Photo credit: Flatbush Gardener.