How to maintain your garden during heavy rain
By John Brennan, 07/06/2021
Heavy rainfall is commonplace in the lead-up and during the summer, and it can come down hard and fast with no warning, as the UK has been experiencing as little as a few weeks ago. Whilst rain can obviously help your garden, too much of it can be responsible for more problems than benefits. Excessive rainfall can cause serious damage to your garden: drowned plants, washed-away seeds, nutrient deficiency, pests, and plant diseases are all problems you might be plagued by during times of heavy downpour. Luckily, we’re going to go over a few tips to help prevent your garden from succumbing to the rain.
To avoid flooding, many people install French drain systems to remove excess amounts of water. This will not only save your plants (and vegetables if you have a vegetable garden) but also your grass. French drains consist of a trench filled with aggregate that redirects water from areas vulnerable to flooding. These drains are also beneficial to your house given that they work to avoid water building up against the walls of a house. They are easy to install, even by yourself, though we recommend seeking professional advice first to know what installation best suits your property.
Replenish seeds and nutrients
Excessive rainwater can wash away planted seeds in the soil. Fixing this is relatively straightforward given that you can just plant more seeds. However, valuable nutrients essential to your plants’ growth can also be washed away. To avoid your plants dying from nutrient deficiency, replenish the nutrients by fertilising your garden. Fertilisers provide the required nutrients for not only your plants but your vegetables as well.
Prevent the pests
Places that are damp or heavy with moisture can draw in pests, with excessive water in your garden being the perfect attraction for insects such as mosquitos. Using pesticide on your plants will help prevent pests from invading and potentially taking the water your plants need. However, be wary you don’t use pesticide that will cause harm to your plants as well. Pesticides can also be a danger to your vegetables, so make sure to look for a pesticide spray that is friendly for gardens growing food as well.
Remove infected plants
As well as attracting pests, excessive moisture in your garden can cause unwanted growths such as bacteria and fungi. Luckily, fungal growths don’t cause too much damage to your plants and can be easily prevented. You can remove infected plants from your garden and apply fungicide to prevent further fungal growth. Fungicide is available both organically and synthetically, so you have a range of options to choose from, and are able to find one that suits your situation. You also want to avoid using harsh chemicals around any food you might be growing, for example if you have a vegetable garden. If this is the case, then a homemade option is best for you; you can create organic fungicide by mixing baking soda and water.
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