One of the many challenges gardeners face is the falling perennial. Perennials may topple over for various reasons leaving an often unsightly looking plant in your yard. While things such as inclement weather, weak stems, or stems on plants that have been over fertilized, can all contribute to the problem of your plants falling, the bigger challenge remains how to fix it and how to make your garden once again look fabulous.
There are two types of staking that are common to most gardeners. There is preventative staking and remedial staking. Preventative staking has more to do with catching the problem before it begins. If you should happen to notice a plant starting to lean or slouch and the stalk looking less that firm then preventative staking can be used to prevent a collapse of the plant. This serves plants such as peonies very well.
There are many types of stakes to choose from when taking the route of preventative staking. There are bamboo supports, which you use in a crisscross pattern. This allows the plant to keep growing and is also attractive as a structure in your yard. In addition you can use tomato cages or grow through grids to help offer some type of stability while still giving the plant room to grow. Branches and boughs from trees are another good alternative and help to keep a more natural look to your yard and garden. It is very important when using preventative staking to insert what ever type of structure you will be using just as the plant is sprouting from the ground. This allows the stems and vines to grow up and around the structure and give the plant the maximum amount of support possible.
Remedial staking is a different thing altogether, however. Remedial staking is reactive. It is what you do when the plant has already started to collapse, or collapsed entirely, and something needs to be done to reinforce it immediately. Storms and inclement weather are the biggest causes of remedial staking. In these cases anything strong enough to hold the plant up will suffice. Stakes, poles, plant ties, and bamboo supports all are excellent choices in stabilizing a plant in need of help. You will want the staking to take place somewhere between the middle of the plant and the top of the growth point. This offers the plant as much stability as is possible.
Falling perennials can be a challenge for any gardener. Staking them can help prolong the life of the plant and create a beautiful garden within the confines of your yard. By employing preventative staking and inserting the stakes just as the plant starts to grow, you’ll find an excellent alternative to a falling plant and a messy garden. Structures that provide the plant a way to grow healthy and strong in a contained manner. Remedial staking is also useful, helping to prop up a wounded plant and allow it to still grow and thrive. While the two types of staking are vastly different they are also similar in that their purpose is to save, strengthen, and grow your perennials and your garden.