Gardening Tips for Handling Heavy Rainfall

At TRELORA, we love the color green - both in your pockets and in your gardens. So, like most Coloradans, we welcomed the rain earlier this spring and looked forward to a lush summer. Although the grass may be intense shade of emerald, the prolonged deluge of rain over the past few weeks is not doing our gardens any favors. It may, in fact, be giving your leafy friends a yellow tinge. 

Record-breaking rainfall in Colorado has inundated gardens, causing roots to rot, leaves to wilt, and plant discoloration. High amounts of precipitation make it difficult for roots to gather needed nutrients from the soil. Therefore, some of your beloved plants may be showing signs of stress, such as wilting and the bronzing of leaf tips. 

Tips to Protect What You Have and Keep Your Blossoming Beauties Blushing: 

Wilting petals are a telltale sign of over-watering.

Wilting petals are a telltale sign of over-watering.

Dig trenches: the trench will give the rainwater a place to drain, keeping the excess moisture away from your plants. 

Fertilize your plants: The constant flow of rainwater depletes the nutrients in the soil, so replenish the earth with some added nourishment for your plants.

Relocate plants: Dig up plants and relocate to potted soil to give them appropriate drainage. This can also be a great way to decorate your interior with patterned pots and colorful flowers.

Aerate in the soil: Punching holes in the soil will encourage more airflow and cause the earth to dry faster so your plants can make the best of the sun when it pokes through. 

Take care not to step on the soil where your plants are growing. When the rains stop the soil will harden and make it difficult for plant roots to move through. 

Try not to stress: Plants generally bounce back after the rains subside and, in most cases, come back stronger than ever.

Use Colorado's Added Precipitation to your Advantage. 

Improve your Garden Under Soggy Circumstances: 

There are plants and flowers that love the rain and thrive in soft soil, such as mint, watercress and vines. Fresh mint from your own garden could be the perfect excuse to make mojitos

The damp soil presents the perfect opportunity to grab ahold of stubborn weeds and yank! The taproot should unearth easily and never grow back. 

Don’t let the rain get you or your garden down! The sun (and your brilliant flowers) will be out in no time.