Nursery: Hail is Mother Nature’s way of pruning

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ARVADA, Colo. — Monday’s hailstorm damaged plants a few days before nurseries’ biggest day of the year, Mother’s Day.

But one nursery said it’ll easily bounce back.

Golf ball-size hail pummeled Echter’s Nursery and Garden Center in Arvada. The hail punched holes in the roof of one of its small greenhouses, ruining two trees, and damaging some plants’ leaves and stems.

While there was some damage, the store’s horticulture specialist said the plants won’t just bounce back, they’ll be better.

“Hail is often referred to as Mother Nature’s pruning. And the one thing we have to remember is pruning stimulates growth,” Harriett McMillan said.

While the plants recover, the nursery has restocked with fresh plants in their place.

“There were no surprises here. We just know what we have to deal with in the aftermath,” McMillan said.

McMillan provided tips for people whose plants were damaged in the storm.

She said people should trim off the dead and damaged leaves and branches. Then, let the plant rest and recover.

While people should water the damaged plants, do not fertilize them.

“Offering fertilizer to a plant that is stressed is like trying to feed a chicken-fried steak to someone in the intensive care. They can’t really utilize that. Don’t push it,” McMillan said.

She said people should be patient and remember this is gardening in Colorado.

“It can be discouraging, it can be devastating, and then it can be depressing. But just take a deep breath, trim back your plants, clean them up the best you can and things will get better,” McMillan said.

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