Over the last few weeks, horrendous rainfall, flooding and
waterlogging have blighted thousands of homes and gardens across the UK. Although damage to the home has been the higher priority, garden plants will suffer severe problems if the effects of waterlogging are not dealt with.
The extent of the widespread damage has left the gardening community devastated by the effects. Garden and allotment owners can only sit and wait for the water to disappear to see the true extent of the damage.
Carol Formstone, a keen gardener from Elstead, Surrey, told us: “My front garden has been under water for several days and the fences in my back garden have all blown away. I will have to start to repair the damage myself when weather conditions improve.”
Few garden plants, apart from willows and those that naturally grow in water, can survive prolonged periods of flooding or waterlogging. The water replaces the air in the soil and, as roots need air to breath, they literally drown, start to rot and then die. As plants need water absorbed by the roots to live, the leaves of affected plants soon show the first signs of the problem, turning yellow, drooping and dropping prematurely. Badly affected plants may then die.
Cliff Thompson, Godalming Allotment owner for 30 years and previous Godalming in Bloom winner, said, “Some people have been working at our allotment for up to 30 years, but now everyone is in the same boat and will have to start from scratch again – it’s so disappointing.”
However there is help and support out there for the gardening community. Miracle-Gro has come up with a garden rescue guide.
Miracle-Gro Rescue Guide
There are several things that garden owners can do to help rescue their gardens – both in the short term and more permanently.
* Don’t walk on waterlogged soil until it has dried out and is workable, to avoid compacting it and making conditions worse. If you have to walk on it, use a plank of wood, board or invest in a portable path to spread your weight and avoid compacting the soil.
* As soon as plants start to come into growth in spring, applying foliar feeds of Miracle-Gro® All Purpose Soluble Plant Food will encourage new root growth and help improve leaf and stem growth.
* Feed flowering plants with Miracle-Gro® All Purpose Continuous Release Plant Food. We also supply a version for roses and shrubs and ericaceous plants. These will continuously release nutrients into the soil to help build up the strength of plants.
* Feeding with Miracle-Gro® Bone Meal Natural Root Builder will help plants produce a new root system.
Sophie Rice from Miracle-Gro says: “The effects of flooding and waterlogging not only look devastating, but they can do serious damage to garden plants if the water levels don’t subside quickly. Helping to build up the strength of plants once the water goes down is the best way of rescuing them from this serious problem. The Miracle-Gro rescue guide gives advice on the best ways to minimise the impact of the damage and will help ensure you can bring your garden back to life.”
For further information, our full hints, tips and advice on dealing with garden flooding and waterlogging – including what to do in the long term, visit the Miracle-Gro website – www.lovethegarden.com/gardening-growing/flooding-waterlogging