The Q&A Archives: Too Much Water??

Question: We just planted quite a few evergreen shrubs including Japanese Barberry, Boxwoods and several varieties of low growing junipers. We amended our clay soil beds with peat moss by tilling it about 6-8 inches deep. We watered our shrubs as we were planting before backfilling enough to get rid of air pockets. We have been getting above record rainfall here and the ground is pretty wet. Some of our blue juniper is getting brighter green down in the plants. Are our plants in trouble or will they recover when the ground starts drting out?

Answer: All three of these require a well drained location. With a heavy clay soil, the best planting site would be on a slight slope which would allow excess runoff to drain away. You would also have to be careful not to plant your shrubs too deeply. In overly wet soil or if planted too deep they will suffer root damage and will die back and/o possibly die as a result. Without seeing the plant it is difficult to say whether or not you are seeing a seasonal change, a response to changed light levels, or something else. I would strongly suggest you consult with the retailer where you purchased the plants, especially if there is a warranty involved. Good luck with your shrubs!

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