All this rain has left our northern Colorado planting beds a muddy mess. Soil saturation is typically not something we have to worry about too much in such an arid climate, but this spring has been atypical, to say the least.
Your first instinct is probably to grab a shovel to dig out this over-saturated soil, but turning the soil will likely compact it more than it already is. Doing this will prohibit roots from spreading properly and create extra run-off.
The same holds true for planting a tree, shrub, or perennial in these conditions. Root rot is common where water gets into the air pockets below the ground.
The key is patience. It seems like this entire spring has been a testament to this virtue. Give the ground time to dry out for the best planting results this year.
Here are some other helpful tips:
- Wait to plant beds or planters until the soil has been properly amended. Peat moss is an excellent addition to our Northern Colorado soil.
- Stay on top of your short-growing seedlings. It seems our growing and gardening season is shorter than average. Look for seeds that will mature in 100 days or less. That way you can take full advantage of the harvest.
- If seeds fail to germinate in a couple of weeks, replant them.
- While you are waiting for the soil to dry out, place compost in the bed or garden areas. Also, add mulch to help with weed prevention.
- Weeding, weeding, and more weeding! With extremely moist soil, you can get ahead of the weeds this year.
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