Waterlogged Plants

Following on from last weeks blog on waterlogged garden solutions, this week we are focussing on the issues specifically with plants in waterlogged areas of the garden. Plants can become waterlogged in beds and pots. Waterlogging is an excess of water around roots caused by badly draining soil. This can be very damaging for plants reduces oxygen levels around the roots. Leading to poor growth/no growth, yellowing of leaves, shoots dying back, it can even look wilted. Waterlogging also increase the risk of plants getting fungal diseases.

You can help waterlogged plants with some simple actions,

  1. Spike lawns and try to aerate flower beds with spikes or a garden fork.
  2. Remove dead and dying parts of the plant.
  3. Dig up waterlogged plants in pots and replant in better draining soil.
  4. Move effected plants to new drier areas of the garden.
  5. Create a raised bed for waterlogged area planting.

Preventing waterlogging in pots is easy to prevent, just make sure you’re not adding to the problems by over watering too.

  • Mulch potted plants well
  • Feed potted plants regularly
  • Plant plants who like wetter soils
  • Prepare pots for drainage with good drainage layers
  • Put pots on stands to allow quicker drainage
  • Create a bog garden and celebrate your waterlogged areas.

Moist soil loving plants include:

  • Trillium
  • Carex/Sedges
  • Angelica
  • Cowslip

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