Heavy rain causes problems for outdoor plants and gardens

Heavy rain causes problems for outdoor plants and gardens

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Yellowing lower leaves are a sign of watering problems. Yellowing lower leaves are a sign of watering problems.
Rose bushes are especially hard hit by the excessive rain. Rose bushes are especially hard hit by the excessive rain.
"I've been having a lot of people call and ask why is my plant acting this way," said Lisa Stanley of Stanley's Greenhouse in Knoxville. "I've been having a lot of people call and ask why is my plant acting this way," said Lisa Stanley of Stanley's Greenhouse in Knoxville.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The excessive rainfall East Tennessee has seen this year is not only putting a damper on our outdoor plans, but it's now starting to take a toll on our outdoor plants.

So far this year, rainfall is at 46 inches and counting - 20 inches above normal and just a couple inches shy of the normal total for the whole year.

While it may be saving you on your water bill, when it comes to your gardens, some green thumbs are worrying their plants could become a total loss.

"I've been having a lot of people call and ask why is my plant acting this way," said Lisa Stanley of Stanley's Greenhouse in Knoxville.

Stanley's says their plants haven't escaped the effects of the rain either, especially the rose bushes.

There are things that can be done to help the soaked plants. The first thing is to determine the problem.

"Yellow leafing on the bottom, too much and not enough water can cause that," said Stanley. "The plant may actually just look dead, because too much rain too much water can actually start to kill the root system and you can lose the plant."

But before that happens, there are a few things to try.

"Cut back the plant and let it re-kick we call it and let it rebuild itself with firmer foundation, because we really don't know what the rest of the summer will hold," said Stanley.

You can also try feeding the plant to stimulate new growth.

"Treating annuals up to perennials you might go with some water soluble types, just because they work quickly and get some energy through the plant," said Stanley.

Ultimately the experts here at Stanley's say with each plant's needs varying so greatly, you should investigate each one before taking any action.

For more information head to their website.

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