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How to Handle Microclimates Within Your Yard

Recognize and accommodate climate differences throughout your garden

Containers with tall plants are set against the wall of this balcony to reduce the negative effects of wind. Photo: Laurel Startzel

Microclimates can pose unique challenges as you plan for and maintain your yard and gardens. Although not all challenges are a bad thing, they can be expensive. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, a microclimate is a small area within an otherwise normal space that reacts differently than the rest of the space; because of this area’s particular location, surrounding structures, and vegetation, it can be hotter, windier, or colder than the rest of your yard. These conditions may exist year-round or seasonally.

Wind has created microclimates for many of our clients over the years. Typically, their homes have been elevated and we have dealt with either rooftop gardens or high-rise balconies. We have had to be very clever with our placement of columnar plants and cognizant of leaf size, knowing that the wind would shred anything large, such as the leaves of elephant ear…

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