The recent abundance of rainfall may have you ready to build an ark. When it comes to the soggy soils and boggy beds in your landscape, a few tips from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension experts will help your plants recuperate.
During rainy periods like we have been having this summer… our lawns seem to need cutting way too often. Be diligent about not letting the grass get too tall. The rule of thumb is to never cut off more than a third of the leaf blade or it could stress the plant.
And If possible… let the grass dry before you mow. However… here of late it has been hard to find a time when the lawn is dry. If you must cut wet grass, make frequent stops… allow the blade to stop completely and remove clumps of grass clippings from the mowing deck.
The lawn isn't the only issue in wet weather. Vegetable gardens can have issues too. Hot humid wet weather contributes to an increase of disease in the garden. There are also some systemic fungicides as well as organic fungicides available to help protect plants. Never work in or walk in your garden while the soil is wet. This will cause compaction around the roots of the plants.
If you garden in containers… remember to empty saucers frequently. This will prevent the plants roots from standing in water. Standing water is also a prime breeding ground for mosquitos.
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