This summer has beeen the exact opposite of the past several years so far. As everyone can remember, we have had some of the worst heat and drought conditions for the past 2-3 years, now with all this rain and cool temperatures, we will be facing a whole new set of problems with our landscape plants and even our native trees.
During drought conditions, the root systems of the plants will shut down and go dormant in order to ensure the survival of plant. If the drought is severe enough, the plant will begin to kill off parts of itself.
Now we face the opposite problem, too much moisture in the soil can displace the air that is trapped in between the soil molecules, leading to potential root rot and drowning of the root systems in areas of poor drainage or extended puddling. If excess water is noticed in areas, steps need to be taken to improve drainage so that water drains more rapidly. There will be some areas, especially if you live in an area where the water table is high, then the only thing to do is build up the soil and putin a drainage system to carry water away from the plants.
If you have any questions, you can contact me at
or at 516-496-7096 in Nassau county or 631-698-4900 in Suffolk county.