OYO: Helping plants survive too much rain
In this week's Owning Your Outdoors, we're going to help you help your plants deal with heavy rain and too much moisture.
Doug Schroeder from Lewis, our KSFY yard and garden expert, says that when heavy rain and storms are in the forecast, there are several things you can do before the rain starts.
The first thing you can do is easy and obvious. If your containers are mobile, take them indoors. This will keep them from getting waterlogged and protect them from any wind or storm damage.
Using a good potting soil is key. A good potting soil will promote good drainage.
If you have containers or planters that stay outside, it should always have a hole or holes in the bottom that will allow water to drain out. If it doesn't, you should drill a hole in the bottom. Doug also suggests placing some rocks at the bottom of your container before you add potting soil. This will help with drainage and give the container a little more weight and stability for handling strong wind.
For plants that are in the ground, Doug suggests mixing organic material such as cow manure or peat moss with the soil. This will help the soil drain better and prevent pooling of water that sometimes occurs with clay-like soil.
Doug says that a very big part of helping a plant overcome too much moisture is being able to recognize when it has had too much moisture. Unfortunately, when a plant has too much moisture it does the exact same thing that it does when it hasn't had enough moisture. It wilts. If your plants are wilting, don't automatically throw water in the pot. Check the soil to make sure it's dry. If the soil is wet and the plant is wilting, give it time to dry out and it should recover over time.