Stunted Plant Growth
Start by evaluating the planting site. Poorly drained soils, excessive water or insufficient moisture can cause stunted growth and plant decline. A wet growing season combined with poorly drained soils can cause these types of problems. Check the soil near the plantings several days, a week and 10 days after a heavy rain or thorough watering. Do not water unless the top 6-8 inches of soil have begun to dry. You can't stop the rain but you can correct your watering habits. If the soil is still water logged after a week (with no additional rainfall) you will need to correct the situation. Rework or raise the planting bed. This means temporarily removing the existing plants. Spring before growth begins is a good time for this project. Incorporate compost or peat moss into the planting bed to help improved drainage. Or purchase a well-drained topsoil mix from a reliable source and create raised planting beds. Improving the soil will pay off with years of enjoyment.
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