It would be impossible to protect every flower, tree and shrub from hail, but gardeners can reduce some of the damage.
Plant hardy and native plants adapted to Colorado weather.
Let taller plants protect shorter plants and plant closer together.
Choose plants with narrow leaves instead of large leaves.
Use natural features in the yard, like fences and roof overhangs, to protect fragile plants.
Keep trees pruned to avoid damage to branches.
Use hail cloth (anti-hail netting) over vulnerable crops.
Build a sturdy cover to shield specific plants and gardens.
Plant vegetable varieties that mature in the shortest number of days.
Select smaller plant varieties that make smaller targets.
Look for vegetable plants with a “strong canopy” so leaves help protect fruits.
Place plant containers on rolling stands to move undercover.
Embrace the natural impermanence of a garden. Plants can bounce back quickly after a hailstorm with a little extra TLC.
Source:: The Denver Post – Lifestyle