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Gardening in Wet Weather

England is known for its wet weather, which is why it is something to expect to face when it comes to gardening and landscaping. There is nothing any of us can do to prevent it and it’s something we should all gracefully accept. Without rain, our gardens would not be able to flourish so wonderfully. This is why we should be prepared for gardening in wet weather.

Avoiding Gardening in Wet Weather

Unfortunately, we are also prone to having excessive wet periods that can take things too far for our plants. From plant disease to soil erosion, there are many ways that affect our gardening in wet weather. Though we cannot avoid the weather, there are ways we can keep the damage to a minimum.

Areas of Localised Flooding

During periods of heavy rain, some areas that are not draining properly should be fairly easy to spot. Root rot can occur when left soaked for too long and plants can literally drown when the soil is waterlogged. Water fills all spaces of air between the soil particles, preventing oxygen from reaching the roots. As a result, this will cause the soil to stagnate, preventing root growth. If you do notice areas that are likely to flood, look for ways to drain the water away from the garden. You can do this by implementing rock beds or even using plastic water drains.

Examine the Plants for Damage

Thunderstorms and heavy rain can have a significant effect on plants, damaging them greatly. In the event of a long period of wet weather, plants can be subject to a range of diseases such as powdery mildew. After a heavy downpour, be sure to check your plants for damage. If you find that there are only a few damaged leaves, you can remove them. If a plant has been bent out of shape, then you may be able to stake it.

If the main stem has snapped, however, the chances are that the plant is no more. If the wet weather is to continue, it can lead to plant diseases by either fungi or bacteria. You should treat these as soon as you discover them. It is also important to check the base of the plants to make sure there has been no soil erosion that could spoil the roots. If it has, be sure to cover them with soil or compost. Leaving them exposed can cause the roots to dry out. This could cause serious harm or even kill the plant.

Replenish Nutrients

Rain and flooding can wash our many of the necessary nutrients that are found in the soil. After a heavy or persistent downpour, it would be wise for you to replace these lost nutrients by adding compost or organic fertiliser to your soil.

Soil Compaction

If you discover that the soil has become waterlogged, do not walk on it, for it will only make it worse. Walking on it will run the risk of compacting the soil. What’s more, walking on it will also run the risk of you damaging the roots of your plants.

Weeds and Slugs

Some weeds can become quite abundant during any rainy weather, with the ability to choke out your specimen plants and vegetables. Remember to keep on top of your weeds by dealing with them as and when they appear. The longer you leave them, the more they will grow. Up-end or completely remove any containers and wheelbarrows that can collect rainwater. These can quickly turn into places for mosquitos and other breeds to breed.

Be observant when it comes to slugs. They are drawn to damp and moist places. If you leave your plants unchecked, slugs will demolish them. They tend to be their most active from twilight onwards. Get out into the garden once it is dark, a torch may be necessary and remove them. If the issue is more severe, you may want to consider a proprietary slug killer.

Talk to Ladybrook Nursery

Now you are prepared for your upcoming landscaping work in even the wettest of weathers, it’s time to look at your plant options. Ladybrook Nursery has 13 acres of plant life for you to choose from, so get in touch to find out more.

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