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Many of us have been hit with storms and heavy rain. Effects can be dramatic or subtle. The first step is check your gardens. Large storm damage can be pretty easy to spot but there can be subtle damage you might not see unless you’re looking.
Check for small branch and leaf damage too and remove them. Stake or support newer plants and trees that need it. If the soil’s been saturated (like the 3 and 4 inch rains and more we’ve had) some plants will need a little help in keeping their footing!
Don’t walk on, compress or compact your soil. Walking on or working in wet soil can actually compact it even more. As I’ve said before on previous garden bites, you’ll wind up with dirt clods.
Watch for areas where the water is eroding your garden. I have had a few spots. One is from a neighbor that’s got all they can do to take care of their kids and their business. So, I just moved some plants and have made a sort of drainage way.
In the newly planted garden that I talked about last week, we added rock where the downspout is to help with drainage and used limestone to guide the water down into the yard.
The above photo is a shot of where water from my neighbors driveway drops down and crosses into my perennial bed. There had been wood chips there… now they’re in the grass. Oh well.
If you find exposed roots, cover them with soil but then consider ways to move any overflow water so it won’t happen again.
Don’t forget good garden hygiene. Remove all dead leaves and branches, if you see signs of a disease try removing those infected plant parts too and since they may be infected with molds or fungus, don’t put them in your compost pile, but throw them out with the trash. As you consider options to help control the problem, adding more compost is a great one!