Moisture – Preventing Waterlogged Plants

Q: Do you have any advice for how to lessen moisture and prevent waterlogged plants during this super rainy summer?

A: The first job is to remove mulch, except for a thin layer. The second task is to correct any source of water so it doesn’t flow toward your beds. The third chore is to prune overhanging branches so more sunshine reaches the soggy spot, while being careful not to put too much sun on shade-loving plants. A fourth step to consider is to dig up the plants for an hour while you add very gritty sand or expanded slate (Permatill, Soil Perfecter, etc) to the planting area.