Excessive rain and humidity can cause common plant diseases. Here's what to look out for:
Trimming broken stems before disease has a chance to set in is one preventative step you can take. Another is to clear up any debris (leaf litter and broken branches), which can become a breeding ground for disease.
If you do spot any of these diseases, an eco-fungicide spray will attack fungal growth on contact. The spray will also leave a protective coating on foliage to stop disease from spreading.
All plants need adequate drainage, otherwise they’ll drown.
If your garden beds become soggy, the first thing to do is remove any excess water. To future-proof against heavy rainfall, you can improve soil drainage by adding sand to the soil. If your garden is planted in clay-based soil (which holds nutrients and water well, but can lead to drainage issues), adding gypsum, organic matter and coarse sand will help the soil drain more easily.
If your garden beds are in low-lying areas and/or regularly become flooded, another option is to raise them, which will help prevent waterlogging. If you need some help, check out our raised garden bed assembly service.
Pot plants will also need attention in heavy rainfall. Ideally, outdoor pots should have at least one drainage hole to ensure water can run freely through the soil and out the base of the pot. However, a single drainage hole might not be able to cope with excessive water.
If it’s raining heavily, get pot plants inside if possible so that they can drain and dry out a bit. Check the drainage holes regularly, especially in well-established plants, as they can be blocked by roots and debris. It’s a good idea to re-pot plants regularly into new pots with better drainage.
Aerating your lawn will help water to be absorbed more easily. However, if your lawn remains waterlogged for more than a week, it might need to be replaced or re-seeded once the weather dries up.
Heavy rain can wash away nutrients from soil. You can replace them by fertilising. Using a slow-release fertiliser is best, as a liquid fertiliser will run through the soil too quickly.
Also, stay on top of weed growth. Some weeds thrive in wet weather, so inspect your lawn and garden regularly, and remove weeds as quickly as possible.
Check out our tips for tackling problem areas in your garden.