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By truecarein64526365, Feb 20 2017 07:39PM

Too much Rain?

Too much water can be just as bad as too little water. And, the symptoms can look the same. The heavy clay soils of our area are much more likely to be water logged than light, sandy soils. However, the drainage in your landscape will make all the difference.

Lack of oxygen in the root zone of plants causes their root tissues to decompose. Usually this occurs from the tips of roots, and this causes roots to appear as if they have been pruned. The consequence is that the plant’s growth and development is stalled. If the anaerobic circumstances continue for a considerable time the plant eventually dies.

Oxygen in the soil is necessary for healthy, “alive” soil, allowing plants to grow. Too much rain or water is likely to prohibit the necessary oxygen from the soil pore spaces. This condition is more likely to cause plant stress if the situation is allowed year around.

Trees and shrubs can get diseases, like Pythium and Phytophthora. These fungus spores thrive and move in consistently moist soil. If water does not drain through it fast enough, these diseases can take root and start killing the plant's roots.

Some signs of overwatered plants are:

1. No new growth is showing, or new leaves are turning brown 2. The lowest leaves are yellow 3. Plants look wilted 4. Roots will be rotting or stunted, exuding a rotting smell. 5. Soil can appear the color of algae. 6. Twig die-back can occur.

Your plants can still grow and thrive, even in periods of too much rain. Monitor you landscape thoroughly and watch for specific problems;

1. Add soil amendments to improve drainage. Good organic amendments for garden soils include wood by-products such as sawdust and bark mulch, peat moss, rotted manure, grass or wheat straw and compost. Inorganic amendments include pumice, perlite, and vermiculite. Rotor-till any amendment into garden soil – when dry only.

2. Address drainage problems as quickly as possible to save stress on your plants. If necessary contact a certified Landscaper, who has experience with drainage problems in your area, to help with correcting drainage problems. 3. Be sure water is not left standing at any time of the year.

4. Watch summer irrigation levels carefully. 5. Make sure all areas of your landscape completely dry out during dry periods 6. Do not to install new plants when the soil is too wet. Squeeze a handful of soil and if you get a drip out of it, like a wet sponge and it compresses together instead of crumbling, it is to wet to plant or disturb the soil.

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