Top Tips for Wet Weather Gardening

Don’t you love it when it rains?

… and hate it when it rains TOO MUCH?

 

Photo: Andrew Rollinger

How do you find a balance with harvesting a valuable resource and preventing problems associated with excess water?

All gardens need adequate moisture but periods of heavy rainfall, storms and runoff can bring you a truckload of challenges including:

  • waterlogged plants;
  • leaching of soil nutrients;
  • erosion; and
  • pest and disease problems.

 

Garden Design & Management Tips to Minimise Problems

I’m into ‘designing out’ problems whenever I can … so a bit of thought and planning can help reduce the impact of water-based problems.  These are some of the strategies I use in my garden to help avoid these issues … (more…)

How to Restore Waterlogged Pot Plants

Are your plants or soil waterlogged? There are many ways this can happen, but you CAN avoid losing your precious plants!

Waterlogging in Plants: There are solutions to save your plants from drowning, disease and contamination

There are solutions to save your plants from drowning, disease and contamination

 

What is waterlogging and why does it occur?

Waterlogging is when the soil and root zone around plants becomes saturated. Basically, the water can’t drain away fast enough. This occurs when more rain falls than the soil can absorb or evaporate into the air. This can happen with an intense period of rainfall such as summer storms. You may live in a heavy rainfall area and have a seasonal problem. If you live on a slope and have neighbouring properties above you, you literally may have water flowing through your garden.

Gardens and plants don’t only suffer from waterlogging as a result of extreme weather events. Overwatering especially in pots, poor drainage and heavy clay soils can also contribute to this problem.

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